Pedro Almodóvar’s Next is Female-Led SILENCIO

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In a recent conversation with Financial Times, Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar–known for films like All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Bad Education, and Volver–has revealed some details of his next project:

“It’s a return to the cinema of women, of great female protagonists… It’s called Silencio because that’s the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist.”

Maybe it’s just me, but with Almodóvar, you’re never quite sure what he’s going for. One thing is sure, he challenges morality and sympathy in all his movies and he does so knowingly and often just for shock. Little is known about upcoming femme drama, but we might not see his regular stable of actors among the cast.

“We are involved in casting at the moment, which is complicated because what I’ve written doesn’t quite work with my actores amigos.”

So the Silencio screenplay is finished. The film will reportedly go into production in April and will shoot in Madrid and other parts of Spain. Almondóvar also shared his insights about himself and his experiences of Hollywood:

“I might make a film in English but not necessarily in Hollywood,” he said. “They offered me Brokeback Mountain but I had many doubts. Thinking about it, I don’t know if I made a mistake or not [in turning it down]. They promised me total artistic freedom and final cut but it was a story that was so physical — it’s not just that the characters sleep together once — and that has to be there. I think Ang Lee went as far as he could and I like his version very much. But I always imagined it differently and I don’t think I would have been able to make it the way I wanted. They wouldn’t have let me.”

Interesting opinion, indeed, but certainly not the only one. The filmmaker whose last film was 2013′s I’m So Excited was in London for the new stage musical of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” If you prefer a screening of the 1988 original and you live in England, tickets for the Q&A and screening on January 10th are now on sale at picturehouses.co.uk.