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Tilda Swinton and Julianne Moore star in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Room Next Door

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- The Spaniard’s first English-language feature, a drama about the problems of motherhood that will premiere this year, also stars John Turturro, Alessandro Nivola and Juan Diego Botto

Tilda Swinton and Julianne Moore star in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Room Next Door
Actress Julianne Moore, director Pedro Almodóvar and actress Tilda Swinton during the preproduction of The Room Next Door (© Iglesias Más)

UPDATE (13 June 2024): Shot in both Madrid and New York, with support from Movistar Plus+, The Room Next Door also boasts the involvement of US actor Alessandro Nivola (seen recently in Boston Strangler and Amsterdam), Spanish-based Argentinian thesp Juan Diego Botto (recently nominated for the Goya Award for Best New Director for his feature debut, On the Fringe [+see also:
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, and glimpsed in the series No me gusta conducir), and Spaniards Raúl Arévalo (who has previously worked with Almodóvar and graced screens this year in the series The Asunta Case [+see also:
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), Melina Mathews (Black Beach [+see also:
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, the series Offworld [+see also:
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and Iron Reign) and Victoria Luengo (Suro [+see also:
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, the series Riot Police [+see also:
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and Red Queen), among others. The film will land in cinemas courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures in Spain (with a release slated for 18 October), Italy, the UK, Germany, Central and Eastern Europe (except Poland), the Nordics, and Latin America, among other territories.

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A few months ago Pedro Almodóvar announced that after shooting two medium-length films in English –The Human Voice (read more) and Strange Way of Life (read more)– and after breaking the deal he had made with Cate Blanchett to adapt Lucia Berlin’s novel A Manual for Cleaning Women, (read more), he would finally direct a feature film in the language of his admired Douglas Sirk and George Cukor.

So, in March he will begin The Room Next Door, which will be filmed in Madrid and New York with a trio of English-speaking stars including the British Tilda Swinton (who we recently saw in The Eternal Daughter [+see also:
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and who has already worked with the director in The Human Voice) and the American Julianne Moore (who we can see in the recent Secrets of a Scandal) and John Turturro (recently in The Batman and the series Separation, who has already worked for European directors in My Mother [+see also:
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]
and the series The Name of the Rose [+see also:
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, among other titles).

According to a statement issued by El Deseo, the director’s production company, “the story of The Room Next Door follows a very flawed mother and a resentful daughter separated by a serious misunderstanding. Among them, another woman, Ingrid (played by Julianne Moore), a friend of the mother’s, is the keeper of their pain and bitterness. Martha, the mother (Tilda Swinton), is a war reporter and Ingrid is an auto-fictional novelist."

Although the name of the actress who will play the daughter has not yet been announced (some pools point to Anya Taylor-Joy after an interview in which the two-time Oscar winner praised the Argentinian-born American and the different times they have met, such as at the 2022 Oscar ceremony), the story is reminiscent of previous Almodóvar films that dealt with the complex relationships between parents and their offspring Julieta [+see also:
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]
, Volver [+see also:
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interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
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]
and Tacones lejanos [+see also:
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.

"The film discusses the limitless cruelty of war, the very different ways in which the two writers approach reality and write about it. It also talks about death, friendship and sexual pleasure as the best allies in the fight against horror. And also of the sweet awakening to the chirping of birds, in a house built in the middle of a nature reserve in New England, where the two friends live in an extreme and strangely sweet situation", the press release concludes.

The Room Next Door is produced by El Deseo.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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