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Pedro Almodovar Announces New Film 'Silencio'; Director Returns to Female-Driven Movie

First Posted: Jan 06, 2015 01:02 PM EST
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After producing the award-winning film "Wild Tales," Pedro Almodóvar has announced his upcoming film, "Silencio."

The Spanish director, known as one of the most influential in Spain, told the Financial Times the movie would be a "hard-hitting drama" and would be "the cinema of women, of great female protagonists."

The film will produced by El Deseo, the Spanish production label founded by Pedro and his brother, Agustin Almodovar, and will be produced by Agustin Almodovar as an individual.

According to Agustin Almodovar, "'Silencio' is still in the early stages of definition, in the early stages of casting, with pre-locations, defining the scale of production."

Very little is known about the storyline of the film, but Almodóvar said the title refers to "the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist." He also revealed the script is complete.  

The director also revealed this film will not star one of his actor friends. According to Almodóvar, it will be "complicated because what I've written doesn't quite work with my 'actores amigos.'"

The director is known for working with the same actors, such as Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas and Marisa Paredes.

The latest film brings the director back to the femme drama, a theme that has given Almodóvar some of his greatest successes. These films have included 1995's "The Flower of My Secret," 1999's "All About My Mother," a Foreign Language Academy Award winner, 2006's "Volver," with Cruz and 2009's "Broken Embraces," also starring Cruz.

As of late, the director had chosen to experiment with his projects. In 2011, he adapted Thierry Jonquet's novel "Mygale" in "The Skin I Live In," and that film went on to star Banderas and Elena Anaya. The movie also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to get nominated for a Golden Globe.

In 2013, the director made "I'm So Excited," a comedy that replicated the director's earlier works. The ensemble piece starred Cruz, Banderas, Paz Vega, Hugo Silva, Javier Camara and Miguel Angel Silvestre. Having premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the movie went on to score mixed reviews and flopped in the U.S.   

Almodovar won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his film "Talk to Her." He was also nominated for Best Director that same year, but lost to Roman Polanski for his work on "The Pianist." His films "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "All About My Mother" have also been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. He recently produced the Argentine film "Wild Tales," which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and is a front-runner to win.  

"Silencio" is set to go into production in April. The movie is set to shoot in Madrid and other parts of Spain. No release date has been set, and no distributor has been announced for the U.S. However, based on his relationship with Sony Pictures Classics, the movie will probably be released by Sony and will be ready for 2016. 

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