An emblematic duo of Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz, marked this Wednesday the opening of the Venice Movie Competition, which this yr ensures, regardless of the pandemic, a bathe of stars on the purple carpet.
Almodóvar, who’s competing for the Golden Lion together with 20 different movies, opened the competitors with Parallel momss, the place he addresses a few of his favourite themes, motherhood and household, but in addition a really political argument, that of the Spanish Civil Struggle and the Franco dictatorship.
The 71-year-old Spanish filmmaker, who achieved world fame with the colourful daring of his movies and started his worldwide profession exactly in Venice, the place he additionally acquired the honorary Golden Lion in 2019, arrived wearing a sublime black swimsuit on the Lido accompanied for your entire forged of his movie, together with his fetish actress, Penelope Cruz.
Israel Elejalde, Cruz, Almodóvar and Milena Smit, arriving on the Palazzo del Cinema. AP Picture
With Milena Smit, Aitana Sánchez Gijón and Israel Elejalde, the movie tells the story of two girls from totally different generations who meet within the hospital to present delivery, an expertise that finally ends up uniting them deeply.
The tales of these single moms who search to kind their very own households are additionally the pretext to talk of the previous, of an uncomfortable previous, as a result of weight of the Spanish disappeared. The movie finally ends up addressing a private reality and a historic reality and is starred by “imperfect mothers”, as defined by Almodóvar himself.
Penelope Cruz will keep on the Lido: on Saturday they may display screen “Official Competition”, the place she acts directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat. Picture EFE
“Now I am more interested in mothers who are imperfect, questionable, or who are going through very difficult times,” confessed the filmmaker. “The mothers (of the previous films) were the opposite, they were inspired by my own mother, female figures from when I was young, I was surrounded by women, my mother, the neighbors, all omnipotent mothers,” he mentioned.
Together with his new movie, the director of Ladies on the fringe of a nervous assault and All the things about my mom addresses a nonetheless burning situation that divides Spain, that of the “disappeared”.
Roberto Benigni performs along with his Golden Lion to the trajectory. Reuters photograph
“Historical memory is a pending issue that Spanish society has. It has a huge moral debt with the family of the disappeared,” mentioned the filmmaker throughout the press convention. A debt “with those people who are buried in an unworthy way,” he careworn.
Greater than 100,000 victims of the battle (1936-1939) and the dictatorship (1939-1975) are nonetheless lacking, some buried in mass graves, in accordance with historians and associations of victims of the Franco regime, who’ve been asking for public assist for many years to seek out them.
Bong Joon-ho, director of “Parasites”, presides over the Jury and opens the Venice Movie Competition. Picture EFE
Almodóvar, who developed the movie challenge throughout the 2020 coronavirus closure in Spain, makes use of a collection of black and white images and concludes with an emotional tribute to the disappeared with a phrase by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano.
“Until that debt with the disappeared is paid, it cannot be definitively closed with everything that happened in the Civil War,” he insisted.
Throughout the dictatorship, “in Spanish homes, in my house for example, they did not talk about the war” as a result of “it was something that traumatized our society” and when democracy arrived “the question was never asked,” he summarized.
The purple carpet of the Competition. AFP photograph
The forged of the movie paraded earlier than the photographers on the purple carpet shortly earlier than the opening ceremony within the legendary Sala Grande of the Palacio del Cine, with the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
It was a sober ceremony, with little public and with out the standard gala dinner as a result of pandemic, throughout which the Italian filmmaker Roberto Benigni, writer of Life is Lovely, acquired the honorary Golden Lion for his profession. The pageant, which lasts ten days, will shut on September 11.