Director Pedro Almodovar has spoken out on why he declined the opportunity to direct the Oscar-winning drama Brokeback Mountain. Adapted from Annie Proulx’s short story, the hit motion picture centred on cowboys Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) as they fall in love in the rural West. The film won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Original Score at the 78th Academy Awards. It was also nominated for the categories of Best Actor (Ledger), Best Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal)and Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams).Though Almodóvar was approached to direct the film ahead of Lee, he turned...
Hollywood's resident "zaddy" Pedro Pascal is leading what filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is calling his "answer" to Brokeback Mountain alongside Ethan Hawke. Giddy up, cowboys!. In an interview with IndieWire, Almodóvar revealed new details on Strange Way of Life, a Western short film he plans to shoot in Spain's Almería region later this August with the two actors. "It could be like my answer to Brokeback Mountain," he said.
Pedro Almodovar Details New Western with Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, His ‘Answer’ to ‘Brokeback Mountain’
Click here to read the full article. Pedro Almodóvar has spent decades avoiding the allure of American studio projects, from “Sister Act” to “Brokeback Mountain,” and still doesn’t trust the system. “It’s kind of a contradiction,” he told IndieWire during a recent afternoon in his office in Madrid. “Hollywood wants to bring in outside talent, but they don’t always let them do what they want to do.” These days, Almodóvar has addressed that conundrum by making the talent come to him. Continuing his toe-dip into English language filmmaking that started with his Tilda Swinton-starring short film “The Human Voice” in 2020,...
Pedro Almodóvar probably isn't the first name to come to mind when hearing about directors gearing up for a new Western ... let alone one that intentionally invites comparisons to Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," of all movies. If anything, the immensely talented Spanish filmmaker has made a career out of steering well clear of associating himself with those kinds of studio system productions. Yes, it's true that Almodóvar once came close to directing the 2005 cowboy romantic drama, but gems like "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!," "Volver," and most recently "Parallel Mothers" wouldn't have been made otherwise.
Pedro Almodóvar Responds To Viggo Mortensen’s Comments On Cronenberg Cannes Jury Snub Rumor: “I Am Not To Blame”
Last week at the Cannes Film Festival, Viggo Mortensen addressed a longstanding rumor about his “Crimes Of The Future” director David Cronenberg. The story goes that in 1999 when Cronenberg headed the Cannes Jury, he “deprived” Pedro Almodóvar‘s “All About My Mother” to award the Palme d’Or to the Dardennes‘ “Rosetta.” In an interview with Indiewire’s Eric Kohn, Mortensen called the rumor “bullshit” and claimed the Palme vote for “Rosetta” was not only the fastest one ever but also unanimous. Furthermore, Mortensen said the rumor was “a nonsense story and beneath a great artist like Pedro.” So, shots fired, twenty-plus years after the fact.
Pedro Almodovar Endorses Alauda Ruiz De Azua’s ‘Lullaby’: ‘It’s the Best Spanish Debut For Years’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Click here to read the full article. Pedro Almodóvar has put his considerable weight behind Spaniard Alauda Ruiz de Azúa’s first feature, ”Lullaby” (“Cinco Lobitos”) as it has initiated a spirited run at Spain’s box office. “It is undoubtedly the best debut in Spanish cinema for years,” Almodóvar announced in a statement, describing the mother-daughter relationship drama as “a portrait of the role of women within the family, which is truthful, devoid of sentimentality and that does not exclude humor.” “Life could offer another destiny for women other than caring for the whole family. [The film offers] very accurate interpretations, where Laia...
Pedro Almodóvar Responds to Viggo Mortensen on Cronenberg Cannes Jury Snub: ‘I Am Not to Blame’ for Rumors
Click here to read the full article. While David Cronenberg is at Cannes this year with “Crimes of the Future” in competition, another story about the director’s history at the festival has resurfaced: In 1999, Cronenberg served as president of the jury that picked Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Rosetta” over Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother,” the presumed frontrunner at the time. Cronenberg has dispelled the myth that his jury intentionally snubbed Almodóvar, who went on to win Best Director at the festival and, later, an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. However, the situation resurfaced this week during a...
Viggo Mortensen Dispels “Bullsh*t” Myth That Cronenberg’s Cannes Jury “Deprived” Pedro Almodóvar Of 1999 Palme d’Or Win
It’s a Cannes Film Festival legend. Supposedly, at the 1999 festival, when David Cronenberg headed the competition jury, he swayed his jury cohorts to award the Palme d’Or to the Dardennes’ “Rosetta” over Pedro Almodóvar‘s festival favorite, “All About My Mother.” Now, at this year’s festival, “Crimes Of The Future” star Viggo Mortensen put the myth to bed, stating that it’s a “bullshit” rumor and that the jury’s choice for “Rosetta” was unanimous.
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After giving us the Penélope Cruz‘s Academy Award-nominated performance in “Parallel Mothers,” Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is looking to make an adaptation of “A Manual For Cleaning Women“ starring Cate Blanchett (“Nightmare Alley“). The drama is expected to focus on the struggles of multiple working women and will be Almodóvar’s first English-language feature film. However, before cameras roll on that project, the Oscar-winning screenwriter is now looking to make another short film in a genre that should get folks excited.