The festival in Cannes has only just taken place when Venice is already being announced: Pedro Almodóvar is presenting his new film at the Lido.
The new film “Madres paralelas” by the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar will open the 78th Venice Film Festival (September 1st to 11th).
The Biennale di Venezia announced on Monday. The film, with actress Penélope Cruz in a leading role, will be shown on September 1st in the Italian lagoon city, it said.
‘I am very grateful to the festival for this recognition,’ said Almodóvar, who was awarded the Golden Lion for life’s work in Venice in 2019. Biennale director Alberto Barbera spoke of a “very welcome return” for the Spanish director to the competition. According to the festival, ‘Madres paralelas’ is about two pregnant women who share a room in the hospital before giving birth. It is an intense and empathetic portrait, said Barbera.
Almodóvar is one of the most famous Spanish directors. It has already won two Oscars: in 2000 for the tragic comedy “All about my mother” as the best non-English language film and in 2003 for the best original screenplay for the drama “Speak to her”. His celebrated works also include “Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988).