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Almodovar, Sony embrace ‘Broken’

Director reunites with Cruz on new feature

Pedro Almodovar has wooed Sony Pictures Classics to “Broken Embraces,” the helmer’s latest collaboration with “Volver” thesp Penelope Cruz. Almodovar scripted.

SPC has taken North American rights.

Pic, which also stars Almodovar vets Lluis Homar and Blanca Portillo, is being shot in the style of 1950s American film noir. Almodovar is lensing on location in Madrid and the Canary Islands.

The plot involves a four-person love story and “touches on many genres,” including thriller, according to the director.

Pic will be the 10th Almodovar film from Sony’s specialty arm.

“Embraces” is produced by Almodovar’s brother Agustin. Filmmaker has called the movie “the most novel-like story I have written to date” and says its shadowy look was partly inspired by a series of migraines that rendered him ultra-sensitive to bright lights.

Universal Pictures is a financial partner on the film.

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