Venice Film Festival 2021: Pedro Almodóvar’s new film opens the 78th edition

The Venice Film Festival will take place from September 1 to 11. And to inaugurate this 78th edition, the organizers have chosen Pedro Almodóvar’s new film, “Parallel Mothers”.

Two years after his Golden Lion, which he received at the Mostra throughout his career, the 71-year-old Spanish director will return with this feature film that brings together Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Julieta Serrano and Rossy Palm. This drama will compete for the prestigious Golden Lion for Best Picture.

“I was really born as a conductor in Venice in 1983 (…) in the Mezzogiorno Mezzanotte section. Thirty-eight years later they call me to open the Mostra. I am really grateful to the festival for this honor and I hope to live up to it, ”Pedro Almodóvar said in a statement.

For his part, the festival director Alberto Barbera was delighted to receive “this intense and sensitive portrait of two women confronted with the themes of a motherhood with unpredictable twists, of female solidarity, of a sexuality lived in full freedom and without hypocrisy ”.

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