Helmer Almodovar closes fest's 47th edition

Twenty-one years after opening the New York Film Festival, Pedro Almodovar was back at Alice Tully Hall Sunday to close the 47th edition of the fest with his latest film, “Broken Embraces.” The Sony Pictures Classics pic marks the helmer’s eighth film in the fest and his fourth collaboration with Penelope Cruz.

Before unspooling the drama, the director-scribe made the aud laugh when introducing Cruz, saying, “She’s generous, she’s beautiful and … she has one very handsome boyfriend.”

Although Javier Bardem was a no-show, Salma Hayek and Lauren Bacall attended the after-party, which included a performance by flamenco vocalist Miguel Poveda.

“We had no idea if (‘Embraces’) would be selected for opening night, the centerpiece, the closing-night film or if it would be selected at all,” SPC topper Michael Barker said. “But we knew we wanted it in the fest because NYFF audiences have always been a good omen for Pedro’s movies.”

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