By Brian Brooks | Indiewire October 14, 2011 at 8:58AM
Almodóvar in Conversation with Richard Pena now!
More about the film...
A significant genre shift from his recent work, "Skin" uses thriller elements to tell a disturbing story about power, science and scruples.
"Skin" stars Banderas as Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon haunted by the death of his wife who was burned in a car crash. Obsessed with creating a new skin that could save her, he cultivates his own home laboratory; his goal is to create a man-made skin that both feels natural and is virtually impenetrable from attack.
Audiences across the country will have a chance to see Almodóvar's latest beginning today (Friday) via Sony Pictures Classics which is opening the film Stateside (it only recently opened in Spain).
The film has a series of twists and flashbacks that lead to a crescendo that does not sit well with all audiences. It divided audiences in Cannes, where it had its world premiere, as well as more recently in Toronto and NYFF, with some saying that the director’s latest left them less emotionally attached to the characters compared to his previous work.
Almodóvar suggests that might be intentional. "I wanted [these characters] to have a different set of morals," he said recently in New York. "They're cold and lack feeling." He added, "Throughout my career as a director, I've worked in different genres—comedy, drama and now I'm in a thriller period."
Almodóvar said that he sees the world as a bleak place right now and compared his film with other dark stories that have come to screen lately including Lars von Trier's "Melancholia." But he noted that he "can still make comedy" and teased that his next film may in fact return to the genre. He also teased that he's working on his first English-language film.
Learn more about the director and have a chance to ask him questions tonight at 5pm live from Lincoln Center and online here at indieWIRE.
iW wishes to thank our friends and colleagues at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for working with us during the NYFF indieWIRE Meets... series.
The remaining indieWIRE Meets... series at the New York Film Festival this weekend:
Friday, October 14
5PM indieWIRE Meets: Director Pedro Almodovar, "The Skin I Live In" (moderator Richard Peña)
Saturday, October 15
6PM indieWIRE Meets: Director Jeffrey Schwarz, "Vito" (moderator Basil Tsiokos)