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Penélope Cruz to be one of Pedro Almodóvar’s Madres paralelas

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- The filmmaker has announced that he will prepare his new movie in the autumn and that it will be toplined by the Madrilenian actress, who collaborates with him on a regular basis

Penélope Cruz to be one of Pedro Almodóvar’s Madres paralelas
Director Pedro Almodóvar and actress Penélope Cruz

Pedro Almodóvar has emerged from the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic clutching a brand-new project. Although the health crisis forced him to postpone the shoot for the short that was due to star Tilda Swinton (see the news), which will now be filmed in July, the two-time Oscar-winning Spanish director has managed to finish writing the screenplay for Madres paralelas (lit. “Parallel Mothers”), a drama about two women who give birth on the same day and in the same hospital – and Penélope Cruz will play one of said mothers. The Madrilenian actress is working with the Manchegan helmer once again, after having done so in Live Flesh, All About My Mother, Volver [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Agustín Almodóvar
interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
film profile
]
, Broken Embraces [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
, I’m So Excited [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, the short film The Cannibalistic Councillor and Pain & Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
(which went home with six Platino Awards for Ibero-American cinema last Monday and has raked in more than $35 million worldwide).

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Madres paralelas is not one of Pedro Almodóvar’s newest ideas, because in his 2009 film Broken Embraces, which was bristling with references to himself and contained quite a few biographical elements, we were able to glimpse a poster for a fictitious movie bearing that same title, in the study belonging to the character of film director Mateo Blanco, played by Lluís Homar.

According to Almodóvar, he fell victim to COVID-19 – although thankfully only with mild symptoms – which plunged him into a state of heightened sensitivity and loneliness. This not only prompted him to write the screenplay for Madres paralelas, but it also led him to publish various articles in the press, in which, among other anecdotes, he recalled Madonna’s visit to Spain in 1990.

As for the other project announced by Almodóvar, the adaptation of the Lucia Berlin book A Manual for Cleaning Women, which was due to be shot this year in the USA, in English, it has been postponed to an as-yet unconfirmed date.

Madres paralelas, which will be filmed in Madrid in early 2021, will, much like the majority of Almodóvar’s filmography, be a production entrusted to his own company, El Deseo. It will be released at the end of next year.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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