Parallel Mothers of great Pedro Almodovar with his muse, Penelope Cruz, at Rialto Summer Cinema
120’, Spain, 2021
Two single mothers give birth on the same day. Several months later, and after randomly noticing the characteristics of one of the babies, one of the two women realizes that she is not the baby’s biological mother. Desperately searching for the other woman, she believes that a terrible mistake has been made.
Screenplay, directing: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma, Julieta Serrano
Αwards: Best Actress Award (Penélope Cruz) - Venice Film Festival.
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it. Besides, the filmmaking schools were closed in early 70s by Franco's government. Instead, he found a job in the Spanish phone company and saved his salary to buy a Super 8 camera. From 1972 to 1978, he devoted himself to make short films with the help of of his friends. The "premieres" of those early films were famous in the rapidly growing world of the Spanish counter-culture. In few years, Almodóvar became a star of "La Movida", the pop cultural movement of late 70s Madrid. His first feature film, Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980), was made in 16 mm and blown-up to 35 mm for public release. In 1987, he and his brother Agustín Almodóvar established their own production company: El Deseo, S. A. The "Almodóvar phenomenon" has reached all over the world, making his films very popular in many countries.
All my movies have an autobiographical dimension, but that is indirectly, through the personages. In fact, I am behind everything that happens and that is said, but I am never talking about myself in first person singular. Something in me--probably a dislike of cheap exhibitionism--stops me from approaching a project too autobiographically.
Already when I was very young, I was a fabulador. I loved to give my own version of stories that everybody already knew. When I got out of a movie with my sisters, I retold them the whole story. In general they liked my version better than the one they had seen.
Cinema has become my life. I don't mean a parallel world, I mean my life itself. I sometimes have the impression that the daily reality is simply there to provide material for my next film…
All films of Rialto Summer Cinema will be screened in the original language of production, with Greek and English subtitles.
Tuesday, 19th of July 2022@SEK Parking place (behind Rialto)
Starting time: 21:00
Tickets: € 8, E-ticket: www.rialto.com.cy
Information / Box Office: 77 77 77 45
(Mon – Fri: 10:00 - 15:00 and 2 hours before the performance)