June 14, 2013 |
"I will say it, I'm so excited," said Josh Welsh, co-president of Film Independent alongside fellow co-president Sean McManus as the duo kicked off the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday night introducing the North American premiere of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almódovar's newest film, "I'm So Excited. " Welsh and McManus introduced the festival's artistic director David Ansen, who added: "I'm not going to say 'I'm so excited,' I'm thrilled. I can't think of another director, really, who in the last 30 years has given us more pure pleasure than this man. " Ansen went on to praise Almódovar for "an incredibly generous heart, a perverse mind, a dirty mind, that we love.
June 13, 2013 |
Following Wednesday night's pre-festival screening of "Man of Steel," the Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off in earnest Thursday night with the North American premiere of Pedro Almódovar's "I'm So Excited!" The 19th edition of the festival runs through Sunday, June 23, when it closes with the comedy "The Way, Way Back," starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph. "I'm So Excited!' features cameo appearances by Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, who starred in films in Spain for Almódovar before their international breakthroughs.
October 13, 2011 |
In the 25 years since he started making movies with Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas says one thing hasn't changed: The iconoclastic director is still leading Banderas toward the edge of the creative abyss. And he is still diving in. "Basically what you have to do with Pedro Almodóvar is take a leap of faith as an actor," Banderas said recently, settling into a sofa after a cigarette break in a Beverly Hills hotel suite. "Sometimes you're working with him and you feel like he's pushing you to a cliff.
April 15, 2011 |
The 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will not be a somber affair, general delegate Thierry Fremaux announced at the unveiling of the official selection Thursday morning. "This will be a Cannes where we can have fun," he said. Certainly this is a festival that will be a mix of established and new filmmakers with such big-ticket auteurs as Lars von Trier, Pedro Almodovar, Aki Kaurismaki, Terrence Malick and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne facing off with such newer talents as Australia's Julia Leigh, France's Maiwenn and Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn.
December 12, 2009 |
On a recent rainy day in Manhattan, Pedro Almodóvar's tousled gray hair, generally studiously gravity-defying, looks less a result of styling than the repetitive raking of his hands. The 60-year-old Spanish writer-director, jet-lagged from his flight from Madrid, has been on a jag -- consulting on a Broadway-bound musical adaptation of his 1988 dramedy "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," as well as talking about his new film, "Broken Embraces," arguably his most personal and personally exposing work.
November 18, 2009 |
Penelope Cruz has made four films with her director-writer mentor, Pedro Almodovar. And needless to say, they have walked countless red carpets together over the last decade. Now she's heading into the 2010 award season with two strong Oscar-buzz films: Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" and Rob Marshall's "Nine." Almodovar recently told the New York Times that Cruz has matured as an actress. "Penelope can do everything; she has become an eternal, ageless woman." And it's worth noting that her devotion to Almodovar still knows no bounds.