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Pedro Almodóvar unveils the cast of his new film, Julieta

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- Emma Suárez and Adriaga Ugarte will play the same character: Julieta, the protagonist of this drama that starts shooting in May

Pedro Almodóvar unveils the cast of his new film, Julieta
Pedro Almodóvar

If there’s one man in Spain who does a bit of everything, that man is Pedro Almodóvar: he makes the most of handing out a Goya Award to rail against politicians who disregard culture (read the news), he receives a tribute from US screenwriters and he even supports unbridled talents (Wild Tales [+see also:
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). Furthermore, usually every couple of years – if conditions are right – he steps behind the camera, whipping up as much of a media storm as a megastar: today he has announced that in May he will shoot Julieta [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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]
 (previously under the title of Silencio), a powerful, intense drama (in a similar vein to Broken Embraces [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
), jam-packed with women (just like All About My Mother). It will star 50-year-old Emma Suárez and 30-year-old Adriana Ugarte, both of whom play the part of Julieta at two different stages of her life, from the 1980s to the present day.

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Self-produced by the outfit he manages with his brother Agustín, El Deseo, Almodóvar’s 20th movie will be filmed in the southern setting of Huelva and the northern locations of the Upper Rias in Galicia and the Pyrenees, as well as on set in Madrid. While the landscape has more than just a symbolic value in many of his films, absence, passion, pain and madness will be no less relevant here – in addition to the silence that the original title alludes to.

Besides Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte, a variety of other names will earn the coveted label of “Almodóvar boy/girl” through their involvement in this project: Inma Cuesta (playing the loyal and disloyal friend), Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro, Michelle Jenner, Joaquín Notario, Blanca Parés and Daniel Grao will also be making their debuts with Pedro.

Meanwhile, other actors are set to regain the above honour: Rossy de Palma (as the dour maid; the seasoned actress has worked with the Castilla-La Mancha-born director before in Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Kika, High Heels, The Flower of My Secret and Broken Embraces), Darío Grandinetti (who appeared in Talk to Her [+see also:
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]
and plays the older lover this time around) and Susi Sánchez (who takes on the role of the absent mother and grandmother in Julieta, after being a supporting actress in The Skin I Live In [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
).

(Translated from Spanish)

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