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Jaime Rosales’ Directors’ Fortnight Entry ‘Petra’ Sold to Key First Territories (Exclusive)

In a deal announced Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival, Vicente CanalesBarcelona-based Film Factory has unveiled the sale of Jaime Rosales’ Directors’ Fortnight entry “Petra” to Condor Distribution in France and September Films for Benelux countries.

“Petra” is a pan-European co-production between Rosales’ Fresdeval Films and Wanda Vision – both based out of Madrid –Oberon Cinematográfica from Barcelona, Les Productions Balthazar in Paris and Copenhagen’s Snowglobe.

The film follows Petra, a woman who has always had the identity of her father hidden from her. When her mother passes away, Petra sets out on her own, and starts a residency under a famous artist named Jaume, a powerful and ruthless man she suspects may be her father. She also meets Jaume’s son Lucas, and his wife Marisa. The stories of the four then wind together and violent secrets unearth which push everyone to their limits, before a twist
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Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz Team Up on ‘Dolor y Gloria’

Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz Team Up on ‘Dolor y Gloria’
Pedro Almodovar will team with Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz on the veteran Spanish director’s next film, “Dolor y Gloria,” which is set to shoot from the first half of July.

“Dolor y Gloria” is set up at El Deseo, the Madrid-based production house created by Almodovar and his brother Agustín to produce “The Law of Desire” in 1987.

Described by Almodovar as a film with male protagonists – in contrast to his last outing, “Julieta” – “Dolor y Gloria” (literally “Pain and Glory”) stars Banderas and Asier Etxeandía (“Velvet”) in the leading roles. Cruz and Julieta Serrano – “two actresses I adore,” Almodovar said Tuesday in a press statement – will play secondary roles.

“Dolor y Gloria” turns on “creation, both cinematographic and theatrical, and the difficulty of separating creation from one’s own life,” Almodovar said.

The film recounts “a series of meetings, some physical, others remembered decades later, of a film
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More Streaming Options

If you're bored with your new choices on Netflix, thought we'd give a shout out to a few options for only 99¢ on iTunes at the moment. Stronger, with Jake Gyllenhaal (who won our Bronze for Best Actor for last season) is their movie of the week. But in their often changing "Movies You Might Have Missed" section, also 99¢, they're currently offering five Pedro Almodóvar movies, Meryl Streep in She-Devil (which the Month of Meryl column hits next Thursday), the Glenn Close classic Fatal Attraction, David Fincher's Se7en, and, um, a Chinese remake of the unimprovable 90s romcom My Best Friend's Wedding... but at least it stars Shu Qi so it *might* be worth 99¢

And still more streaming options if you're not in the mood for Dwayne Johnson's Rampage this weekend or you've already see the delightful / problematic / futureOscarnominee Isle of Dogs. Amazon Prime has added a 55 wide movie
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Luis Ortega thriller 'The Angel' finds French home

Argentina-Spain crime thriller is in post.

Ugc Distribution has acquired French rights from Film Factory to Luis Ortega upcoming Argentina-Spain crime thriller The Angel (El Angel) that reunites K&S Films with Pedro Almodovar’s El Deseo.

The film, in post-production, centres on the case of the teenage serial killer known as The Angel of Death who remains in jail and has earned the dubious distinction of being Argentina’s longest serving prisoner.

Newcomer Lorenzo Ferro in the lead role as Carlos Robledo Puch, who was a baby-faced malfeasant and thief when he embarked on a thieving and killing spree
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Penelope Cruz to Receive Honorary Cesar Award

Penelope Cruz to Receive Honorary Cesar Award
Penelope Cruz will receive an honorary prize from France’s Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43nd Cesar Awards ceremony, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, on March 2 in Paris.

“Penelope Cruz has the talent to shine in international productions as much as in [smaller] films, whether [she’s working] for Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Sergio Castellitto, Fernando Trueba or Asghar Farhadi, with whom she has just wrapped ‘Everybody Knows’ (‘Todos Lo Saben’), which will come out in May,” said Alain Terzian, the president of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema.

In the statement announcing Cruz’s honorary Cesar, Terzian discusses the actress’s relationship with Alejandro Amenábar and especially Pedro Almodóvar, with whom she has done several films, including “Live Flesh,” “All About My Mother,” “I’m So Excited!,””Broken Embraces” and “Volver,” which earned her a best actress prize at Cannes in 2006 and an Oscar nomination.

Cruz eventually
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42 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2017, Including Denis Villeneuve, Guillermo del Toro, and More

As the year comes to a close, there’s one group we’ve yet to hear from about the Best of 2017: the directors. IndieWire has reached out to a number of our favorite filmmakers to share with us their lists and thoughts on the best of the year. From Benny Safdie breaking down the brilliance of “Nathan For You” to Alma Har’el shining a light on a new Arab cinematic wave to Justin Simien admitting he was filled with envious rage watching “Get Out,” 42 directors responded and offered a totally different perspective on 2017.

Read More:The Best Films, TV Shows, and More of 2017, According to IndieWire

This Best of 2017 is dedicated to the spirit of Jonathan Demme, who last year took part in this poll and was an incredibly generous man, especially when it came to supporting his peers’ work.

The following appear in alphabetical order based on the director’s last name.
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Oscar Foreign-Language Entries Break Barriers

Oscar Foreign-Language Entries Break Barriers
This year’s record long list for the Academy’s foreign-language film race is good news for an award that, however much the Academy attempts to tinker with it, can only be an imperfectly selective sampling of what world cinema has to offer. But the larger the playing field is to begin with, the more opportunities voters have to throw us a curveball — even reducing 92 movies to just five nominees is a cruel game. Whether or not the final choices reflect it, this may be the most pleasingly diverse selection the Academy has ever had to work with in this category.

Femme Might

Eight years after Kathryn Bigelow’s historic win for “The Hurt Locker,” Hollywood’s systemic sexism is still sorely felt at Oscar time. But the outlook is far brighter in the foreign-language race, where 26 of this year’s 92 submissions have female directors, ranging from established critical darlings like Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel (“Zama”) to up-and-coming
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Chile's Oscar Submission: "A Fantastic Woman"

Sean McGovern reporting from the London Film Festival

There’s a scene early on in Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother, when a young man laments the Spanish translation of All About Eve, to Eva al Desnudo. English subtitles tell us it’s “Eve Unveiled”. It also translates to “Eve Naked”. “All About Eve should be “Todo Sobre Eva”,” he says. “But that sounds odd,” replies his mother.

Sometimes a title, or a translation of a title, can make a difference. A Fantastic Woman, in English, basically means an amazing or brilliant woman. The Spanish adjective fantastica has the connotation of something unreal or imaginary, and in this film, writer-director Sebastián Lelio has created a heroine who is indeed fantastical: angelic in the eyes of her man, a threat to his toxic family, and the object of her director's vision...
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Cuisine at Cannes: Inside a Luxurious Dinner at the Star-Studded Film Festival

Cuisine at Cannes: Inside a Luxurious Dinner at the Star-Studded Film Festival
Bon appètit! Or should we say…¡Buen provecho!

Sitting down with People Deputy Editor Jd Heyman during the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Arnaud Faye, executive chef of the lauded Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Èze, France, discussed his meal for the Nespresso Fait Son Cinema dinner, which honored legendary Spanish director (and president of the jury at Cannes) Pedro Almodóvar.

Almodóvar is known for films that deal with themes of love, sexuality and family, like his 2016 film Julieta and his Oscar-winning All About My Mother.

For the Nespresso Fait Son Cinema dinner, Faye decided to cook something
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Pedro Party: All About My Mother

It's a Pedro Party all week. Here's Lynn Lee on her introduction to Almodóvar...

To all actresses who have played actresses. To all women who act. To men who act and become women. To all the people who want to be mothers. To my mother.”

All About My Mother was the first Almodovar film I ever saw, and as it happens, I saw it with my own mother. I don’t remember why I picked it for us to see together. It certainly wasn’t because of the title or because I thought it would be something she’d particularly like. In fact, if I’d thought about it more, I might have been anxious that she would find it too outré. Or for that matter, that I would; as both a movie lover and a young adult, I was just beginning to learn what was out there and how
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Cannes Jury: Almodóvar, Chastain, Fan Bingbing, and more...

The complete jury for the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival has been announced. As previously noted, Pedro Almodóvar will preside over the jury. To celebrate, The Film Experience will have "Almodóvar Week" from May 9th through the 15th so catch up with a few of his movies you've always wanted to see. We are currently planning to hit the following pictures in some capacity: Pepi Luci Bom, Dark Habits, What Have I Done to Deserve This?, All About My Mother, Volver, All About My Mother, and The Skin I Live In... though there might be alterations in that schedule or additions. 

But, yes, the Cannes jury. They are...
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Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced

Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced
Actors Will Smith and Fan Bingbing and directors Paolo Sorrentino and Maren Ade will serve on the 70th Cannes Film Festival’s jury, whose full lineup was unveiled by festival organizers Tuesday.

Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced jurors Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar, who will preside over the panel. Rounding out the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or are French actress Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French composer Gabriel Yared.

Spanish helmer Almodovar, who won the festival’s best director prize in 1999 for “All About My Mother” and best screenplay for 2006’s “Volver,” was named as jury president in January. The festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, revealed that two-time Oscar nominee Chastain would serve on the official competition jury during an interview with French radio earlier this month. The actress’ breakout role came in Terrence Malick’s
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Series Mania:Daniel Burman on ‘Supermax,’ the TV Revolution, Characters as Kings

Series Mania:Daniel Burman on ‘Supermax,’ the TV Revolution, Characters as Kings
Paris — For Latin America, and more specifically Globo, Daniel Burman’s genre-blending “Supermax” is a one-stop revolution. Making waves when announced at last year’s Natpe, it is Globo’s first 100% Spanish-language TV series produced out of its Rio Globo Studios.

Supermax” is just 10 episodes long, when Globo telenovelas can run into 200-plus. It marked the dis-embarkment in TV production of Argentina’s Burman, the show’s show-runner-director, one of the most prominent movie figures in the Latin-American film business, whose 2003 “The Lost Embrace,” that scooped Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize and a best actor Silver Bear for Daniel Hendler. Argentina’s Hernan Goldfrid, helmer of movie “Thesis of a Crime,” a hit 2013 psychological thriller starring Ricardo Darin, co-directs.

Written by Mario Segade, Virginia Martinez, Daniel Burman, and produced by Globo and Oficina Burman, it has been structured as a multi-lateral international co-production, partners including Spain’s Mediaset España, Mexico’s TV Azteca,
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Pedro Almodóvar bounces back with an absorbing saga of a mother and daughter told in an interesting style. A woman feels isolated, powerless, alone and anguished about what has happened in her life. Is any of it her fault? Or is all of it her fault? How do we hold relationships together, or do they fall apart no matter what we do? Highly rewarding dramas still exist; they don’t all go begging for Oscar nominations… just learn to read subtitles and you too can find out how the rest of the world lives.



Sony Pictures Classics

2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / 30.99

Starring: Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Michelle Jenner, Darío Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma,Susi Sá Sánchez, Joaquín Notario, Pilar Castro, Tómas del Estal.

Cinematography: Jean-Claude Larrieu

Film Editor: José Salcedo

Original Music: Alberto Iglesias

Written by Pedro Almodóvar based on three short stories by Alice Munro

Produced by Augustín Almodóvar,
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Exclusive: Behind-The-Scenes Clip Into Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta

Academy Award winner Pedro Almodovar returns to the helm with Julieta.

This female centered film looks at Julieta, in her older and younger days, as she navigates through her story as a brokenhearted woman who faces the painful mystery of her long alienation from her daughter.

The film stars Emma Suarez (Vacas) and Adriana Ugarte (Palmeras En La Nieve) in the title role.

It also stars Daniel Grao (Julia’S Eyes), Inma Cuesta (The Bride), Dario Grandinetti (Talk To Her), Michelle Jenner (Our Lovers) and Rossy de Palma (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown).

The bonus materials on the Blu-ray and DVD will include two featurettes featuring commentaries from Pedro Almodovar, Rossy de Palma and Adriana Ugarte. It also has a red carpet presentation and look into the opening night at the Museum of Modern Art’s Almodover Retrospective in “Celebrating Director Pedro Almodovar.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

In Julieta,
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American Crime Story: Penélope Cruz to Play Gianni Versace's Sister, Donatella

American Crime Story: Penélope Cruz to Play Gianni Versace's Sister, Donatella
Ryan Murphy’s stable of actors just got an A-list new entry: Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz.

The Spanish actress will play fashion designer Donatella Versace in American Crime Story‘s upcoming third season, FX announced Tuesday.

RelatedMatthew Broderick Cast as Katrina’s ‘Brownie’ in Next American Crime Story

The 10-episode third season of Murphy’s Emmy-winning anthology will be titled Versace: American Crime Story and will center on the July 1997 assassination of iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The season will be based on the book
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Julieta, From Academy Award Winner Pedro Almodóvar, Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital March 21st

Internationally acclaimed auteur and Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her, 2002) is back in the director’s chair for his 20th feature film when Julieta debuts on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital March 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Emma Suárez (Vacas) and Adriana Ugarte (Palmeras En La Nieve) share the title role as older and younger versions of the same character in the story of a brokenhearted woman who faces the painful mystery of her long alienation from her daughter during flashbacks on her life and the most important events concerning her estranged daughter. Julieta also stars Daniel Grao (Julia’s Eyes), Inma Cuesta (The Bride), Darío Grandinetti (Talk to Her), Michelle Jenner (Our Lovers) and Rossy de Palma (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).

Bonus materials on the Julieta Blu-ray and DVD include two featurettes. Fans join Pedro Almodóvar, Rossy de Palma and
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Iran Cheers ‘The Salesman’s’ Oscar, But Politics Risks Diminishing Asghar Farhadi’s Art

Iran Cheers ‘The Salesman’s’ Oscar, But Politics Risks Diminishing Asghar Farhadi’s Art
Rome – Iran rejoiced Monday at news of “The Salesman’s” Oscar victory for best foreign language film, but political reverberations risk undermining the artistic accomplishment of director Asghar Farhadi’s film.

Farhadi did not attend the ceremony in protest against President Trump’s travel ban, despite the suspension of the executive order by U.S. courts.

“Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan. Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted.

Iran’s government-owned Press TV cheered news of the Oscar with the headline “Asghar Farhadi wins another Oscar for Iran” on its website. Although the Academy Award for best foreign language film is customarily accepted by the winning film’s director, it is considered a prize for the submitting country as a whole.

In a prepared statement read out by Iranian American engineer Anousheh Ansari (pictured, right), who accepted
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


The Criterion Collection 855

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.95

Starring Carmen Maura, Fernando Guillén, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma, María Barranco, Kiti Manver, Guillermo Montesinos, Chus Lampreave, Yayo Calvo, Loles León, Ángel de Andrés López, José Antonio Navarro.

Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine

Film Editor: José Salcedo

Original Music: Bernardo Bonezzi

Produced by: Augustin Almodóvar

Written and Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Connected film festival attendees learned about Pedro Almodóvar before everybody else, especially if they had an understanding of new developments in Spanish cinema. Film school had shown us nothing but the very exceptional work of Luis Buñuel, most of which is really from Mexico and France. In the 1980s we Angelenos were just getting access to films by the old-school ‘traditional’ rebel Spaniards Carlos Saura and Juan Antonio Bardem.
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Pedro Almodóvar is the President of the Jury at Cannes 2017

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar will be the next President of the Jury for the Festival International du Film de Cannes, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Organisers of the world-famous festival announced the news this morning.

Responding to the invitation of Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, the filmmaker said: “I am very happy to be able to celebrate the Festival de Cannes 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honoured and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure.”

Five of Almodóvar’s films – All About my Mother (Todo Sobre mi Madre, Best Director), Volver (Best Screenplay, Best Collective Female Performance), Broken Embraces
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