Based on three short stories from Alice Munro’s “Runaway,” Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film “Julieta” follows the titular character at two points in her life – in 2015, Julieta (Emma Suarez) is on the verge of madness when she loses her husband and her 18-year-old daughter runs away, but thirty years prior, her younger self (Adriana Ugarte) lives a prosperous life. Now you can watch the first trailer for Almodóvar’s new film ahead of its premiere in competition at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. This is the director’s fifth film premiering in competition, following 2011’s “The Skin I Live In.”
Almodóvar bought the rights to Munro’s book back in 2009 and initially wanted to make the film in Canada with English-speaking actresses, but then changed his mind after feeling unhappy with the prospect of filming in a foreign country, not to mention writing a script in English. Now, “Julieta” is set in Spain starring Spanish actors, describing it as his “return to the cinema of woman,” a genre that has brought him great success in the past, like “All About My Mother” and “Volver.”
Along with Almodóvar’s latest work, the rest of the Cannes line-up was announced this morning and is filled with plenty of intriguing, exciting films from such storied directors like Paul Verhoeven, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, the Dardennes brothers, and Maren Ade. The festival runs from May 11-22.