Pedro Almodóvar has announced, during the Cannes Film Festival, that he is working on a new film on the Spanish Civil War.
‘It’s time to look back and heal the wounds,’ he said, claiming it is a story which needs to be told.
He revealed that the story will be based on the life of Marcos Ana, a supervisor in one of Franco’s jails.
Almodóvar’s latest offering, ‘Broken Hugs’ has been well received on the Riviera and is part of the competition in Cannes this year. Its first showing to the international press ended in applause, although not all the audience were convinced by the film. But despite that Pedro Almodóvar is now a popular part of the festival, having previously taken part as a jury member.
However things were not always easy in Cannes for the Spanish director who reminded the press that his big early hit in Spain, ‘Women on the edge of a nervous breakdown’, was rejected by the Festival at the time.
Penelope Cruz appeared with Pedro Almodóvar at the photo call for ‘Los Abrazos Rotos’. Earlier she had failed to show at the call for her other new film ‘Nine’, with press reports saying she was suffering a bout of food poisoning although that claim has now been questioned by the French paper ‘Le Parisien’.