With the Cannes Film Festival just finished, the rest of the European film festivals are getting busy with their programming. Today the Venice Film Festival announced that Pedro Almodóvar will open the 78th edition of the festival with his latest film, Madres Paralelas . And he will not do so out of competition: he will compete for the Golden Lion, according to the organisers of the event, which will be held from 1 to 11 September.
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“I was born as a director in Venice in 1983 in the Mezzogiorno Mezzanotte section and 38 years later I have been chosen to open the Mostra. I can’t express the joy, the honor of what this represents for me without falling into self-pity,” said the filmmaker in statements to EFE.
Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Parallel Mothers,’ starring Penelope Cruz, to Open Venice Film Festival https://t.co/7IYO1HcYKN via @variety-
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The truth is that the director from La Mancha is already a regular at the Venice Film Festival. This will be his third consecutive year in the Italian city: in 2019 he was awarded the honorary Golden Lion for his entire career, and last year he premiered there, along with Tilda Swinton, his latest work to date: the medium-length film The Human Voice. Now the author of Pain and Glory will be able to aspire to the Golden Lion with this latest film.
Parallel Mothers, which has a stellar cast including Penélope Cruz, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and Rossy de Palma, will be released commercially in Spanish cinemas on 10 September.