Pedro Almodóvar gets a chance to win his third Oscar
by Alfonso Rivera
- Julieta, the latest movie by the renowned filmmaker, has been selected to represent Spain in the Best Foreign-language Film category
Julieta [+see also:
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile] was presented in the official competition section of the most recent Cannes Film Festival, just days after its theatrical release in Spain, where it got a lukewarm reception from the general public. Pedro Almodóvar (the screenwriter, director and producer of the film through his company, El Deseo) could now win his third Oscar – following the ones he pocketed with All About My Mother (Best Foreign-language Film) and Talk to Her [+see also:
film profile] (Best Screenplay) – as he has been selected by his country’s academy members to represent Spain at the upcoming edition of the world’s most famous film awards.
The announcement was made this morning in Madrid, at a function chaired by Ivonne Blake, acting president of the Spanish Film Academy following Antonio Resines’ resignation a few weeks ago. Actor Miki Esparbé – star of Heroes Wanted [+see also:
film profile], which is currently doing extremely well at the Spanish box office – had the honour of reading out the academy members’ decision.
Julieta, an intense drama that performed very strongly upon its release in Italy, France and the United Kingdom, won out over its rivals, The Bride [+see also:
interview: Paula Ortiz
film profile] and The Olive Tree [+see also:
interview: Icíar Bollaín
film profile], and all three films tell stories revolving around women. In the case of the second feature by Paula Ortiz, one of the most surprising titles of the latest film season, it shares one of its actresses, Inma Cuesta, with Julieta. The Olive Tree is the latest movie by Icíar Bollaín, written by her partner, Paul Laverty, which did very well at the Spanish box office and has been sold to dozens of countries.
In a few days’ time, Julieta – Almodóvar’s 20th movie, starring Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in the titular role, but at different ages – will be screened at the Toronto Film Festival (read more) before being showcased at the New York Film Festival. Incidentally, the MoMa in New York will also dedicate a retrospective to the director in November, and the US release is scheduled for 21 December, courtesy of Sony Classics.
(Translated from Spanish)