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Shooting starts on Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In

by Sergio Ríos Pérez

23/08/2010

Shooting starts on Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In

Shooting kicks off today on Pedro Almodóvar’s new feature, The Skin I Live In, adapted from late French writer Thierry Jonquet’s novel Tarantula. Added to the usual anticipation that accompanies each new project undertaken by the La Mancha-born director is the fact that he is reuniting for the first time in 21 years with one of his favourite actors, Antonio Banderas, who starred in some of his most celebrated films, including Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Law of Desire.

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The Skin I Live In marks a change in direction for Almodóvar, who, after the thriller Broken Embraces [+see also:
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, has moved on to a horror movie “but without screams or frights”, he says (see news).

The film centres on eminent surgeon Dr. Ledgard (Banderas), who strives to create a new skin that could save the life of his wife, who died years ago in a car accident. To do so, he doesn’t hesitate in venturing into hitherto forbidden territory: human transgenesis. But this isn’t the only crime he will commit.

The cast also includes Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet and Roberto Álamo. Many of the director’s regular technical collaborators have also been hired for the production, including DoP José Luis Alcaine, editor José Salcedo and composer Alberto Iglesias.

The €10m film is produced by El Deseo. The 11-week shoot will kick off in Galicia, in Santiago de Compostela and Pazo de Oca. The team will later relocate to Madrid and a country house a few kilometres from Toledo.

(Translated from Spanish)

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