Pedro Almodovars ‘Parallel Mothers,’ Starring Penelope Cruz, to Open Venice Film Festival

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Pedro Almodóvar’s new movie “Parallel Mothers,” starring Penelope Cruz, will open the impending Venice Film Festival in September.

Almodóvar’s hotly expected pic, which was once shot throughout the pandemic, will global premiere at the Venice Lido in pageant on September 1.

The movie sees the Spanish auteur reuniting with Cruz, a common collaborator, maximum lately in Almodóvar’s 2019 “Pain and Glory” reverse Antonio Banderas. “Mothers” additionally stars former San Sebastián fest highest actress winner Aitana Sánchez Gijón (“Volaverunt”) and newcomer Milena Smit (“No matarás”).

Almodóvar’ newest paintings facilities on 3 moms — portrayed by way of Cruz, Gijón and Smit — and expands his earlier depictions of womanhood, by way of turning his focal point on imperfect moms, in a departure from his prior works exploring moms and motherhood which come with “All About My Mother” and “Pain and Glory.”

Sony Pictures Classics has rights for North America, Australia and New Zealand at the movie which is produced by way of Agustín Almodóvar and Esther García via Almodóvar’s manufacturing corporate El Deseo. “Parallel Mothers” will probably be launched in Italy by way of Warner Bros..

“I was born as a film director in 1983 in Venice…in the Mezzogiorno Mezzanotte section,” Almodóvar stated in a observation. “Thirty-eight years later I am called to open the festival. I cannot explain the joy and the honor, and how much this means to me without falling into complacency. I am very grateful to the festival for this recognition and hope to be up to it,” he added.

Said Barbera: “I am grateful to Pedro Almodóvar for having given us the privilege of opening the Film Festival with his new movie, an intense and sensitive portrait of two women as they contend with a pregnancy with unpredictable consequences, women’s solidarity, and sexuality that is experienced in full freedom and without hypocrisy, all against the backdrop of a reflection on the ineluctable need for truth that is to be unwaveringly pursued.”

“This is a very welcome return to Venice in Competition for the recipient of our 2019 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, many years after the success of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” the film that marked his definitive triumph at the world scene,” he added.

As prior to now introduced by way of fest organizers, “Dune,” Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget sci-fi epic starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, will play out of pageant. Also introduced is David Gordon Green’s “Halloween Kills,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis who will probably be feted.

Other titles believed to be locked in for a Lido release include Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, and Paolo Sorrentino’s semi-autobiographical drama “The Hand of God,” each from Netflix, and likewise “Spencer,” Pablo Larraín’s extremely expected drama starring Kristen Spencer as Lady Diana.

The 78th version of Venice is scheduled to run Sept. 1-11 as a full-fledged bodily tournament. Bong Joon-ho will preside over the primary jury whilst Jamie Lee Curtis and Italian a couple of Oscar winner Roberto Benigni (“Life Is Beautiful”) will probably be venerated with lifetime fulfillment awards.

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