Produced by the Almodóvar brothers’ own firm El Deseo in league with RTVE and Remotamente Films, the movie stars Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, as well as Julieta Serrano and Rossy De Palma.
“It was in Venice, in 1983, that I was reborn as a director”, enthused Pedro Almodóvar, “within the Midday Midnight line-up (Editor’s note: with Dark Habits). Thirty-eight years later I’ve been asked to open the Festival. I cannot express the joy and honour I feel, and how much this means to me, without drifting into self-congratulation. I am very grateful to the festival for their recognition, and I hope to live up to this honour”.
The festival’s director Alberto Barbera stated that he was "grateful to Pedro Almodóvar for granting us the privilege of opening the Film Festival by way of his new film, an intense and sensitive portrait of two women grappling with the issues and unforeseeable complications that come with their particular experience of motherhood, a portrait of female solidarity and of a form of sexuality which is lived in full freedom and without hypocrisy, set against a reflection on the inescapable need for truth, which should be pursued without question. It marks a most welcome return to the Venice competition for the winner of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion, many years on from the success of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which established him as an international name".
Parallel Mothers will be screened on Wednesday 1 September in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema located on Venice’s Lido, during the Festival’s opening ceremony. Sold worldwide by US outfit FilmNation Entertainment, the movie will be distributed in Spain by Sony Pictures Entertainment Iberia (on 10 September) and in Italy by Warner Bros. Pictures.
LIVE: The films selected for the 78th Venice Film Festival
by Camillo De Marco, Vittoria Scarpa Cineuropa, 26/07/2021
The films selected for the 78th edition of the Italian festival are being unveiled by artistic director Alberto Barbera in Rome
E’ stata la mano di Dio di Paolo Sorrentino
Parallel Mothers - Pedro Almodóvar Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon - Ana Lily Amirpour Another World - Stéphane Brizé The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion America Latina - Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo Happening - Audrey Diwan Official Competition - Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn Il buco - Michelangelo Frammartino Sundown - Michel Franco Lost Illusions - Xavier Giannoli The Lost Daughter - Maggie Gyllenhaal Spencer - Pablo Larraín Freaks Out - Gabriele Mainetti The King of Laughter - Mario Martone On the Job: The Missing 8 - Erik Matti Leave No Traces - Jan P. Matuszynski Captain Volkonogov Escaped - Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov The Card Counter - Paul Schrader È stata la mano di Dio - Paolo Sorrentino Reflection - Valentyn Vasyanovych La caja - Lorenzo Vigas
Out of Competition - Fiction
Il bambino nascosto - Roberto Andò Les Choses Humaines - Yvan Attal Ariaferma - Leonardo Di Costanzo Halloween Kills - David Gordon Green La scuola cattolica - Stefano Mordini Old Henry - Potsy Ponciroli The Last Duel - Ridley Scott Dune - Denis Villeneuve Last Night in Soho - Edgar Wright
Out of Competition - Series
Scenes from a Marriage - Hagai Levi
Out of Competition - Non-Fiction
Life of Crime 1984-2020 - Jon Alpert Tranchées - Loup Bureau Viaggio nel crepuscolo - Augusto Contento Republic of Silence - Diana El Jeroudi Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song - Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine Deandré#Deandré Storia di un impiegato - Roberta Lena Django & Django - Luca Rea Ezio Bosso: Le cose che restano - Giorgio Verdelli
Out of Competition - Short Films
Plastic Semiotic - Radu Jude The Night - Tsai Ming-Liang Sad Film - Vasili
Le 7 giornate di Bergamo - Simona Ventura La Biennale di Venezia: Il cinema al tempo del COVID - Andrea Segre
LES PROMESSES by Thomas Kruithof ATLANTIDE by Yuri Ancarani MIRACLE by Bogdan George Apetri PILGRIMS by Laurynas Bareisa IL PARADISO DEL PAVONE by Laura Bispuri THE FALLS by Chung Mong-Hong EL HOYO EN LA CERCA by Joaquín del Paso AMIRA by Mohamed Diab À PLEIN TEMPS by Eric Gravel 107 MOTHERS by Peter Kerekes VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA by Kaltrina Krasniqi WHITE BUILDING by Kavich Neang ANATOMY OF TIME by Jakrawal Nilthamrong EL OTRO TOM by Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo EL GRAN MOVIMIENTO by Kiro Russo ONCE UPON A TIME IN CALCUTTA by Aditya Vikram Sengupta RHINO by Oleg Sentsov TRUE THINGS by Harry Wootliff INU-OH by Yuasa Masaaki
LAND OF DREAMS by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari COSTA BRAVA by Mounia Akl MAMA, I'M HOME by Vladimir Bitokov MA NUIT by Antoinette Boulat LA RAGAZZA HA VOLATO by Wilma Labate 7 PRISIONEROS by Alexandre Moratto THE BLIND MAN WHO DID NOT WANT TO SEE TITANIC by Teemu Nikki LA MACCHINA DELLE IMMAGINI DI ALFREDO C. by Roland Sejko