Viva Pedro (2006)





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Sony Pictures Classics presents VIVA PEDRO, the theatrical re-release of eight of celebrated auteur Pedro Almodóvar's greatest films. VIVA PEDRO will open in New York and Los Angeles in August and expand throughout the United States this Fall. The theatrical re-release will introduce new audiences to Almodóvar and at the same time present the films to his many fans in the manner which they are meant to be seen and appreciated.WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (originally released in 1988 )ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (originally released in 1999)TALK TO HER (originally released in 2002)FLOWER OF MY SECRET (originally released in Spain in 1995 and the United States in 1996)LIVE FLESH* (originally released in Spain in 1996 and the United States in 1997)LAW OF DESIRE (originally released in 1987)MATADOR (originally released in Spain in 1986 and the United States in 1988)BAD EDUCATION (originally released in 2004)Brand new prints have been made of all eight films. Several of these titles have not been shown in theaters since their original release. All of the films have been withdrawn from the DVD marketplace to accommodate their theatrical rerelease (while MATADOR and LAW OF DESIRE have never been released on DVD).This banner year for Almodóvar will conclude with the nationwide release of his newest film VOLVER, opening in New York and Los Angeles on November 3rd and playing throughout America during the year end holiday season. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics8/11 Lincoln Plaza, New York 8/25 Sunset, Los Angeles 9/1 Castro, San Francisco Shattuck, Berkeley Harvard Exit, Seattle Music Box, Chicago Kendall Sq., Boston Ken, San Diego 9/8 DIA, Detroit Angelika, Dallas South Beach, Miami Emerging Pix, Ft. Lauderdale Stage West, Lake Worth 9/15 AFI, Washington, DC Tivoli, St. Louis Lagoon, Minneapolis Ritz, Philadelphia Emerging Pix, Wilmington Chez, Denver Market Arcade, Buffalo 9/22 Cleveland Cinemateque Marin, Marin Co. Angelika, Houston Midtown, Atlanta 9/29 Downer, Milwaukee Harris, Pittsburgh Camelview, Phoenix Michigan, Ann Arbor Charles, Baltimore Tivoli, Kansas City 10/6 Nickelodeon, Santa Cruz Arbor, Austin Fine Arts, Ashville Gateway, Columbus Academy of Arts, Honolulu 10/13 Loft, Tucson Trolley Sq., Salt Lake City Naro, Norfolk Keystone Art, Indianapolis 10/20 Jacob Burns, Westchester Crest, Sacramento Museum, Ft. Worth 10/27 BAM, Brooklyn Cinemateque, Santa Fe Mary Riepma Ross, Lincoln 11/3 Cinema Arts, Huntington Garden, Norwalk Little, Rochester Camelot, Palm Springs Century, Orange, CA Century, Ventura, CA Dec. Cinema 21, Portland
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[img][/img] In celebration of the upcoming film [i]Volver,[/i] Sony Pictures Classics is rereleasing eight of renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's films in theaters across the country. [i]Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, The Flower of My Secret, Live Flesh, Law of Desire, Matador, [/i]and [i]Bad Education.[/i] [img][/img] [b]WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN[/b] 1988 [b]Directed by [/b]Pedro Almodovar [b]Stars [/b]Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma, Maria Barranco [b]R - [/b]language and brief nudity [i]In Spanish with English subtitles[/i] I saw this as part of Sony Pictures' [i]Viva Pedro [/i]film series at the Fine Arts Theater in Asheville, and I really enjoyed it. It's a hilarious, delightfully absurd film about a woman trying in vain to contact her former lover with some important information before he goes on a trip with his new girlfriend, her friend who somehow got involved with Shiite terrorists, the man's timid son, and his insane jealous wife. Brightly colored, keenly observed tale of controlled chaos demonstrates Almodovar at the height of his comedic talents. [img][/img] [b]ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER[/b] 1999 [b]Directed by [/b]Pedro Almodovar [b]Stars [/b]Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Pena, Antonia San Juan, Penelope Cruz, Rosa Maria Sarda [b]R - [/b]sexuality including strong sexual dialogue, language, and some drug content [i]In Spanish with English subtitles[/i] [i][b]1999 Academy Award winner - Best Foreign Language Film (Spain)[/b][/i] My favorite Almodovar film. [i]All About My Mother [/i]traces the journey of a woman determined to get the autograph of a star her son died trying to get, then ends up working for and befriending her while attempting to find the father her son had never met. Deeply moving and heartfelt, Almodovar's keen understanding of his strong female characters creates a strong bond between their plight and the audience. Heartwarming, tragic, and funny, Almodovar covers all the bases, with some of the best performances ever in one of his films. Penelope Cruz has never been better, and Cecila Roth deserved an Oscar nomination. A masterpiece, and one of the best films of 1999. [img][/img] [b]TALK TO HER[/b] 2002 [b]Directed by [/b]Pedro Almodovar [b]Stars [/b]Javier Camera, Dario Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Mariola Fuentes [b]R - [/b]nudity, sexual content and some language [i]In Spanish with English subtitles[/i] [b][i]2002 Academy Award winner - Best Original Screenplay (Almodovar)[/i][/b] Almodovar's most lyrical film follows the unlikely friendship that forms between two men who are caring for the comotose women that they love. Haunting and moving study of love, obsession, and sexuality as only Almodovar can do it. Beautifully filmed, with a terrific score by Alberto Iglesias. This is probably Almodovar's most beloved film. [img][/img] [b]BAD EDUCATION[/b] 2004 [b]Directed by [/b]Pedro Almodovar [b]Stars [/b]Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lluis Homar, Javier Camara, Francisco Maestre, Francisco Boira [b]NC-17 - [/b]strong sexual content throughout, language, and some drug use [i]In Spanish with English subtitles[/i] Almodovar's most ambitious film. Dispensing with his usual sexual absurdism, Almodovar instead creates a dark, deeply personal movie within a movie about a transvestite (Bernal) helping make a movie about his experiences being sexually abused by a priest when he was a young boy in Catholic school. It begins as a tender love story between two young boys, moves into a film within a film, and ends up as a dark noir-ish thriller. [i]Bad Education [/i]is a brilliant, audacious film that throws convention to the wind and tells a story that is somehow beautiful, heart breaking, and deeply disturbing all at one time. [b]Almodovar's latest film, [i]Volver[/i], will be released on November 3rd, 2006.[/b]

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