Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to Pedro Almodóvar’s forthcoming “Silencio,” the director’s 20th feature and his tenth collaboration with SPC. The film, which stars
Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Daniel Grao, Dario Grandinetti, Inma
Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, and recent Cannes juror Rossy de Palma, follows its protagonist Julieta (Ugarte and Suárez) from 1985 to the present, as she
deals with the disappearance of her daughter and “struggles to survive on the verge of madness.”
As the Spanish auteur told Variety in January, the “hard-hitting drama” once again finds him working within “the cinema of women, of great female protagonists,” though the material was not quite suited to Almodóvar stalwarts like Penelope Cruz or Antonio Banderas—thus the cast of relative unknowns. “‘Silencio’ is about destiny, guilt and the
unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon whom they love and about the pain that this brutal desertion provokes,” SPC’s vague, very Almodóvarrian synopsis reads.
Almodóvar’s brother, Agustín, is producing the $9.8-million film via their El Deseo banner; shooting began in April in Madrid.