Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Latest Almodovar movie to kick off Venice Film Festival

Latest Almodovar movie to kick off Venice Film Festival

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Pedro Almodovar was awarded a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in Venice in 2019. AFP

Latest Almodovar movie to kick off Venice Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar’s Madres Paralelas (Parallel Mothers), starring the Spanish filmmaker’s muses Penelope Cruz and Rossy De Palma, will open the 78th Venice Film Festival in September, organisers said on Monday.

The film – which follows two single women in different stages of life preparing to give birth in a maternity ward – will compete for the prestigious competition’s top prize, the Golden Lion.

“I was really born as a director in Venice in 1983 . . . 38 years later, I am called to open the festival,” said the Oscar-winning Almodovar in a statement.

“I am truly grateful to the festival for this recognition and hope to live up to it,” he added.

The director of the festival, Alberto Barbera, called Almodovar’s film an “intense and sensitive portrait of two women facing pregnancy with unpredictable implications, of female solidarity, of a sexuality lived in full freedom and without hypocrisy”.

The 71-year-old filmmaker was awarded a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement by the festival in 2019.

He debuted at Venice in 1983 with his black comedy, Entre Tinieblas (Dark Habits).

The festival will be held this year from September 1 - 11.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Famed US collector family return artefacts to Cambodia

    In the latest repatriation of ancient artefacts from the US, a total of 33 pieces of Khmer cultural heritage will soon return home, according to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. In a September 12 press statement, it said the US Attorney’s Office for the

  • Tina rebuffs ‘false claims’ over falling paddy price

    Agriculture minister Dith Tina has shed light on the trade of paddy rice in Battambang – Cambodia’s leading rice-producing province – in a bid to curb what he dubs a “social media fact distortion campaign” to destabilise the market. While acknowledging that the prices of paddy

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • Kampot curfew imposed to curb ‘gang’ violence

    Kampot provincial police have announced measures to contain a recent spike in antisocial behaviour by “unruly’ youth. Officials say the province has been plagued by recent violence among so-called “gang members”, who often fight with weapons such as knives and machetes. Several social observers have

  • PM outlines plans to discuss trade, policy during US visit

    Prime Minister Hun Manet is set to meet with senior US officials and business leaders during his upcoming visit to the US for the UN General Assembly (UNGA), scheduled for September 20. While addressing nearly 20,000 workers in Kampong Speu province, Manet said he aims to affirm