SPAIN: Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar launches his new film "Broken Embraces"Record ID: 385082
- Title: SPAIN: Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar launches his new film "Broken Embraces"
- Date: 15th March 2009
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- Location: Spain
- Country: Spain
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- Story Text: Spain's most famous director Pedro Almodovar described his new film "Broken Embraces" as his love story for cinema.
"It is a romantic film, there are several love stories combined all of them very intense between the four main roles of the film, but there is also a love story that emerges in the whole film and that is my love story with cinema," Almodovar told reporters at a screening of the film on Friday.
The film's dark stylish cinematography recalls the classic Hollywood thrillers of the 1940s and 1950s
"I am lately specialising in a drama genre that is less and less made these days because is a genre that has been totally distortion by television and in cinema. Apart from Kieslovsky, Las Von Trier and some other, it isn't a genre that is being adequately used," Almodovar said.
To be released March 18 in Spain and in the rest of Europe in May, the film stars Penelope Cruz, who won Best Supporting Actress at last month's Oscars, in the role of Elena, a tragedy-dogged aspiring actress.
"Elena and I don't have much to do with each other. The truth is that one of the few things that we share is the love for cinema. She has a life in which she can't even allow herself to dream about cinema. I don't think it is a dream that she could have even been able to share with her relatives. She hasn't have the real time to dream on her own," Cruz said about her role.
The film's dark stylish cinematography recalls the classic Hollywood thrillers of the 1940s and 1950s, including the scene where Lena's lover, overcome with jealousy, pushes her down a long, winding staircase, evoking a similar scene in Henry Hathaway's "The Kiss of Death."
The film centres on the quartet of Lena, script writer and director Mateo, film producer Judith and unscrupulous financier Ernesto, whose lives are interwoven in a torrid tale of love, power, secrecy, betrayal and vengeance.
Almodovar is known for melodramatic tragedy mixed with frenetic comedy in films like "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!".
He described "Broken Embraces" -- his 17th film and with the highest budget yet of 11 million euros ($14.16 million) -- as "the story of my love for the cinema."
"Broken Embraces" marks the fourth collaboration between Almodovar and Cruz, his most recent muse, who last month was garlanded by Hollywood for her role in Woody Allen's "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona."
Cruz was effusive in her praise of the director.
"He is a very important person not only in my career but also in my life, he is one of my best friends, somebody very important for me in many aspects of my life. If I was told that I could only work with one director for the rest of my life, It is clear it would be him."
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