‘Talk’ stars will cross borders for Almodovar

Flores, Watling, Camara, Grandinetti topline 'Talk to Her'

CANNES — Singer Rosario Flores, Spanish-Scottish actress Leonor Watling, TV star Javier Camara and Argentinean thesp Dario Grandinetti will topline the next Pedro Almodovar pic, “Talk to Her.”

Cast announcement, made by producer Agustin Almodovar in Cannes, comes as Pathe has taken all rights to France and the U.K. on the pic. Pathe may take one or two further territories on the film, Almodovar suggested.

Outside these territories and Spain, worldwide distribution and marketing will be handled by Good Machine Intl.

In typical style for the Almodovar brothers, who tend to form long-term relations with both talent and sales agents, the Pathe pickup continues a past association.

Claude Berri’s Renn Prods., which is co-owned by Pathe, co-produced Almodovar’s last pic, “All About My Mother,” with the Almodovars’ production shingle El Deseo. Pathe has handled distribution of several Almodovar pics in individual territories.

“Although we’re not co-producing ‘Talk,’ we have a great relationship with Pathe and we want to continue our association with them. We feel very close to them,” said Agustin Almodovar.

Shooting starts June 11 in Paris, with a budget of about $5 million. “Talk to Her” is described by Agustin Almodovar as an “intimate and baroque film dealing with communication and the solitude of couples.”

Almodovar regulars including Loles Leon, Chus Lampreave and Marisa Paredes will play smaller roles in the film, along with Geraldine Chaplin, Fele Martinez, Paz Vega and Roberto Alvarez.

The romantic meller about impossible love “will have a lot of set pieces to give keys to characters, plus a 1920s style black-and-white short film,” Agustin Almodovar added.