Pedro Almodóvar will inaugurate the Venice Film Festival

Pedro Almodóvar will inaugurate the Venice Film Festival

Parallel mothers, the new film directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Penelope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, with the participation of Julieta Serrano and Rossy De Palma, will open the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival, which will take place from September 1 to 11, 2021, according to the organization itself.

“I was born as a film director in 1983 in Venice. Thirty-eight years later I am called to open the Festival. I cannot explain the joy and honor and how much this means to me without being complacent. I am very grateful to the Festival for this recognition and I hope to be up to the task “, the filmmaker told the Festival.

“I thank Pedro Almodóvar for giving us the privilege of opening the Film Festival with his new film, an intense and sensitive portrait of two women facing a pregnancy with unpredictable consequences (…), all against the backdrop of a reflection on the inescapable need for the truth that must be unwaveringly pursued “, added, for his part, the director of the Festival, Alberto Barbera.

Penelope Cruz and Aitana Sánchez Gijón will be “Parallel Mothers” in Almodóvar’s film. Photo Clarín Archive

“This is a very welcome return to competition to Venice for the winner of our 2019 Golden Lion of Career, many years after the success of Women on the verge of a nervous breakdownos, the film that marked his definitive triumph on the international scene, “continued Barbera.

Parallel mothers it will be screened on September 1 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema, on the Lido of Venice, the island that faces the city, on the opening night of the 78th Venice Film Festival. The film will be released almost immediately in Europe, while the release date in Latin America is unknown at this time.

A scene from Almodóvar

A scene from Almodóvar’s new film, “Parallel Mothers.” Photo DPA

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“With Parallel mothers I return to the feminine universe, to motherhood, to the family. I speak of the importance of ancestors, descendants and the inevitable presence of memory. There are many mothers in my filmography, the ones that are part of this story are very different ”, the director of Pain and glory Y Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, among many, in a statement.

Penelope Cruz is also planning to launch Official competition, directed by Argentines Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, with Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez.

08/29/2019: Almodóvar and his Golden Lion on the road.  Photo EFE

08/29/2019: Almodóvar and his Golden Lion on the road. Photo EFE

Almodóvar has been premiering his films not in Venice, but in Cannes, a Festival whose main prize, the Palme d’Or, he wishes like few others. Except Passenger loversos, which he presented in San Sebastián in 2013, from Bad educationion (2004) to the present, all his feature films had their premiere on the Côte d’Azur.

The start of the filming of this film was delayed, but he is already doomed to the next one, Handbook for cleaners, based on the homonymous novel by Lucía Berlin. It has not started its pre-production yet, but, knowing the manchego, it will surely have it ready to present at La Croisette in May 2022, when Cannes is 75 years old.



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