×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte Set For Pedro Almodovar’s Next, ‘Silencio’

‘Feminine universe’ drama shoots from May in Spain

MADRID – Spanish actresses Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte will topline “Silencio,” the next film from Pedro Almodóvar, a “female universe drama,” in Almodóvar’s words, charting one woman’s life between 1985 and the present day.

Silencio” is set up at Madrid’s El Deseo, the Spanish production label founded by Pedro and brother Agustin Almodovar. Agustin Almodovar and Ester Garcia produce.

Almodovar’s 20th feature, “Silencio” will go into production in May, shooting over much of Spain. In it, Ugarte, who broke through with 2013 period TV series “The Time in Between,” and Suarez, a respected film actress first seen in Julio Medem’s 1992 debut “Cows” and prized for 2010 Karlovy Vary winner “The Mosquito Net,” will play respectively a younger and older Julieta, a woman “struggling to survive on the verge of madness,” according to a Thursday press release.

“’Silence’ talks about inevitable destiny, a guilt complex, the unfathomable mystery which makes us abandon the ones we love, excising them out of our life as if they had never meant anything to us, and about the pain this abandonment causes in the victim,” Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s production house El Deseo confirmed Thursday. “Only a miracle will save” Julieta. But miracles sometimes happen,” their press release concludes.

The film’s titular silence refers to Julieta’s daughter, abandoned by Julieta, and fruit of a relationship with a Galician fisherman, played by Spain’s Dario Grao (“Palm Trees in the Snow,” “The Mule”).

Argentina’s Dario Grandinetti, a memorable co-male lead in Almodovar’s “Talk to Her,” limns Julieta’s adult lover.

In a gallery of supporting roles, often with actors outside his regular circle of secondary thesps, Inma Cuesta (“Three Many Weddings) plays a faithful, and unfaithful, friend, Nathalie Poza (“Truman”) a woman who condems Julieta’s behavior, Pilar Castro (“Family United”) an acquaintance, Michelle Jenner (“Isabel,” “Open Windows”) a childhood friend, Susi Sanchez (“Truman,” “I’m So Excited”) Julieta’s mother and Joaquin Notario (“DarkBlueAlmostBlack”) her father.

Returning to a femme drama, a film mode that has given Almodóvar some of his greatest successes — from 1995’s “The Flower of My Secret” through 1999’s “All About My Mother,” a foreign language film Academy Award winner, to 2006’s “Volver,” with Penelope Cruz, reckoned one of the best films Almodóvar has ever directed – “the tone of ‘Silencio’ will be very different to that of ‘The Flower of My Secret’ and ‘Volver,’ other dramas with women, mothers, daughters, neighbors and absent fathers,” the press release stated.

Emiliano de Pablos contributed to this report.

More Film

  • Aladdin

    China Box Office: 'Aladdin' Opens on Top With $19 Million Weekend

    Disney’s “Aladdin” opened on top of the Chinese box office with a less than magical $18.7 million debut weekend. According to data from Artisan Gateway, the film beat previous chart winner “Detective Pikachu” which earned $7.5 million in its third weekend. That score advances the cumulative China total for “Pikachu” to $83.3 million. The Guy [...]

  • 'Nina Wu' Review: Stylish, Glitchy, Provocative

    Cannes Film Review: 'Nina Wu'

    “They don’t just want to take my body, they want to take my soul!” So runs the overripe line of dialogue that actress Nina Wu (Wu Kexi) has to repeat again and again in “Nina Wu,” the fascinating, glitchy, stylish, and troublesome new film from Taiwanese director Midi Z (“The Road to Mandalay”). Nina practices [...]

  • 'All About Yves" Review: Feeble French

    Cannes Film Review: 'All About Yves'

    Benoit Forgeard’s dorky “All About Yves,” bizarrely chosen as the closing film of 2019’s Directors’ Fortnight selection in Cannes, is literally about an intelligent refrigerator that ascends to Eurovision fame as a rapper. Imagine Spike Jonze’s “Her” played for the cheapest of laughs, shorn of atmosphere, and absent all melancholic insight into our relationship with [...]

  • 'The Bare Necessity' Review: Offbeat, Charming

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Bare Necessity'

    A perfectly charmant way to, as the song has it, forget about your worries and your strife for 100 airy minutes, writer-director Erwan le Duc’s “The Bare Necessity” is a breezy little sweetheart of a debut, that threatens to give the rather ominous description “quirky French romantic comedy” a good name. In its dappled countryside [...]

  • Adam

    Cannes Film Review: 'Adam'

    With her debut feature “Adam,” Maryam Touzani allows her audience to sit back and relax comfortably into a beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons. Taking the stories of two women, both frozen in existential stasis, and bringing them together in a predictable yet deeply satisfying [...]

  • 'To Live to Sing' Review: A

    Cannes Film Review: 'To Live to Sing'

    After his taut, impressive debut “Old Stone” which tracked with nightmarish relentlessness the high cost of compassion in modern urban China, Canadian-Chinese director Johnny Ma loosens his grip a little to deliver a softer, if not necessarily less pessimistic examination of the failing fortunes of a regional Sichuan Opera troupe. “To Live to Sing” is [...]

  • Hugh Jackman Sings Happy Birthday to

    Hugh Jackman Leads Massive One-Man Show Crowd in 'Happy Birthday' for Ian McKellen

    Hugh Jackman may have had to skip Ian McKellen’s birthday party to perform his one-man show, “The Man, The Music, The Show,” but that didn’t mean he couldn’t celebrate his “X-Men” co-star’s 80th. Jackman took a moment at the Manchester Arena Saturday to lead the sold-out audience — some 50,000 strong — in a rendition [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content