I am happy to report that filming has commenced in Spain on a new Pedro Almodovar film. Although, apparently on the first day of filming, the rain in Spain fell on the plain, filming was interrupted due to a downpour, causing temporary production chaos.
La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In).
Reuniting with Almodovar after 20 years is Antonio Banderas in the lead role. He plays a plastic surgeon bent on revenge against the men who raped his daughter. It is based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel “Tarantula”.
Joining him in the cast is Elena Aneya (Sex & Lucia), Marisa Paredes (so good in All About My Mother), Jan Cornet, Roberto Alamo, Blanca Suárez, Eduard Fernández, José Luis Gómez, Bárbara Lennie, Susi Sánchez, Fernando Cayo and Teresa Manresa. Almodovar’s longtime collaborators Alberto Iglesias (composer)and José Luis Alcaine (director of photography) will return.
The three month shoot will take place first in Santiago de Compostela, in the north of Spain, then move on to Pazo de Oca and finish up in Madrid and Toledo. The film has a release date in Spain of March next year, so expect it to hit Australia in December which has been the norm for an Almodovar film.
Almodovar has described his feature as bordering on an outright horror film. He told Spanish newspaper El Pais that the film is the “harshest” he’s ever done and while it “comes close to the terror genre, something that appeals to me that I’ve never done, I won’t respect any of its rules”.
I can’t wait for this film. He is truly my favorite living film director.