He is one of cinema’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers, Pedro Almodovar, and he returns in style at next week’s Cannes Film Festival with his latest creation, THE SKIN I LIVE IN (La Piel Que Habito). This is a first for the Spanish auteur, delving into the twisted world of horror thriller. It has Antonio Banderas teaming up with the man who gave him his spotlight; in a story of a plastic surgeon who carries out a vendetta against the man who raped his daughter.
After watching filmmakers make a safe haven of themselves in certain movie genres, it is refreshing to see an iconic director try his luck at something new; a true test of their ability. But, this is Almodovar and you can say it’s a safe bet that this will live up to the standards expected from the man. It will probably be in contention for Palm D’or too. What’s also great to see is a movie that stars Antonio Banderas, that people may care actually about. The once world megastar has let himself go a bit with too many bad movies; so sometimes it is great for a fallen star to go back to where it all started and kick it off again.
The movie will play on Croisette in Cannes and 20th Century Fox/Pathe will be releasing this movie in the UK & Ireland on August 26th, with Sony Picture Classics releasing it Stateside in November. This will most likely be an Oscar contender even if the movie does end up being a disaster.
THE SKIN I LIVE IN(La piel que habito) also stars Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Bárbara Lennie, Blanca Suárez Fernando Cayo.
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Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault.In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…