Almodovar ‘Returns’ to Sony Pictures Classics with “Volver” and Nationwide Retrospective
by Brian Brooks
Sony Pictures Classics will once again be the North American home for Pedro Almodovar with his latest project, “Volver” (Return) marking his sixth feature that will be released on this side of the Atlantic by the New York-based distributor. The comedy, starring Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura (“Women on the Verge”), will begin shooting in July in Madrid. “Volver” is a production of Pedro Almodovar and brother Agustin‘s production company, El Deseo. Sony Classics plans a June, 2006 release following a nationwide theatrical retrospective of eight of Almodovar’s films.
Set in Madrid’s working class neighborhoods, “Volver” is described by SPC as the story of “three generations of women who survive wind, fire and even death, thanks to audacity, goodness and a limitless vitality.” The film will be a “meeting of ‘Mildred Pierce’ (Michael Curtiz) and ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ (Frank Capra), combined with the surrealistic naturalism of Amodovar’s fourth film, ‘¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!’ (What Have I Done to Deserve This?).”
“We hereby declare 2006 as the year of Almodovar,” said SPC’s Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Dylan Leiner and Marcie Bloom in a joint statement. “Marking the 20th anniversary of Pedro Almodovar’s introduction to American audiences, Sony Pictures Classics will launch in April 2006, in movie theatres across America, a major Pedro Almodovar retrospective highlighting eight of his most popular films – with new prints and a major presentation. ‘Volver’ has the makings of a bonafide summer hit, It is a privilege and pleasure to continue our fruitful relationship with Agustin, Pedro, and the whole team at El Deseo. You heard it here first: 2006 will be the ‘Year Of Almodovar.'”
Sony Classics’ Almodovar retrospective will include, “Law of Desire,” “Matador,” “Women on the Verge,” “Flower of My Secret,” “Live Flesh,” “All About My Mother,” “Talk to Her,” and “Bad Education.”
Agustin Almodovar will serve as executive producer, and Ester Garcia will produce “Volver.”