Director Pedro Almodovar was so attached to his hit film All About My Mother he found its transfer to the London stage a "very strange" experience.
The play is adapted from Almodovar's 1999 film and tells the story of Manuela, a nurse who loses her 17-year-old son Esteban in a car crash. She decides to give up her job to track down Esteban's estranged father.
The show is currently running at London's The Old Vic Theatre, but the acclaimed Spanish filmmaker concedes relinquishing control of the film to playwright Samuel Anderson and director Tom Cairns made him nervous.
He says, "It's strange for me, the way these characters are alive on stage in a different language and a different culture and a different medium.
"It felt very strange the first time I saw it; the second time, I felt better."
Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is making a London musical version of his movie All About My Mother.
The Volver director will fly to Britain in June (07) to finalise the script and oversee the casting for the production - which will begin at Kevin Spacey's Old Vic theatre in September (07).
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, Almodovar says, "I wrote the film, it came out of me. I want to attend to its progress - but not to get in the way of what the writer Samuel Adamson is shaping it for, for the theatre.
"I've given a lot of freedom to the stage producers, but they seem to be keeping very close to the original film. It's in very good hands."
The film is about a mother whose son is killed in a car crash. She then embarks on a trip to find the child's father - who is a transvestite.
Spanish movie-maker Pedro Almodovar was celebrating last night (28SEP06) after his Penelope Cruz-starring film VOLVER beat off stiff competition to represent his homeland at next year's (07) Oscars.
The movie was chosen ahead of AGUSTIN DIAZ YANES' ALATRISTE and SALVADOR by MANUEL HUERGA by the Spanish Film Academy to battle it out in the foreign language category.
Almodovar, 54, insists he was astonished by the choice after a long-running feud with the judging committee. Last year (05), he quit the Spanish Film Academy in a row over voting procedures and how Spain's candidate for the Oscars was chosen.
He says, "I am extremely happy. Of course we have the possibility of winning."
Cruz plays a young mother whose own mum returns from the dead in the movie, which has already won awards at this year's (06) Cannes Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Amodovar is already a double Oscar winner after clinching prizes for All About My Mother in 2000 and Talk to Her in 2002.
Pedro Almodovar's film VOLVER will receive the Fipresci Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.
This will be Almodovar's second Best Film of the Year win - his first was for TODO SOBRE MI MADRE (All About My Mother) in the award's first year (99).
Volver premiered in Spain on 17 March (06) and has been a smash hit with audiences and critics at the Cannes Film Festival, France, where all six actresses including Penelope Cruz won Best Actress prizes.
Almodovar will collect his prize at the opening gala on 21 September (06).
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will always turn down Hollywood roles in favour of working with her compatriot Pedro Almodovar, because he is her favourite director. The Vanilla Sky beauty, who has also appeared in BLOW and CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, first came to international attention after working with Almodovar on 1999's All About My Mother. The 32-year-old says, "(Almodovar) is my favourite director and it's a gift, this character. He had the trust to bring to my hands such an amazing, difficult, complex character and that's what I look for. I don't look for easy things."
Acclaimed film-maker Pedro Almodovar has been honoured in his native Spain with the Asturias Prize For Art. The All About My Mother director, 56, received the accolade in Madrid yesterday (17MAY06) before boarding a plane to the south of France to attend the Cannes Film Festival. Almodovar says, "It's one of the most important prizes I've ever received. I feel overwhelmed." The jury for the Asturias Prize chose Almodovar for "the ingenuity and sincerity of his films and the zest and vivacity of his screenplays".
The VANILLA SKY star has worked with her fellow countryman twice before, on the low-profile but critically acclaimed Live Flesh and All About My Mother - and is so confident he'll have a positive effect on her career she doesn't care what the movies are.
The first of their new collaborations is VOLVER, which is currently in pre-production and due to hit the big screen next year (06).
Continue reading: Cruz Relies On Almodovar
The movie tells the story of two boys and a priest in a Roman Catholic school in Spain in the 1960s, who are then reunited a decade later.
Almodovar says in a statement, "Opening the Cannes festival marks the peak of the honeymoon that I've been living with the French public for years."
Continue reading: Latest Almodovar Film To Kick Off Cannes
British movie Beautiful Thing has topped a new list of the best gay movies of all time.
The 1996 film adaptation of JONATHAN HARVEY's play beat out THE WEDDING BANQUET and BOYS DON'T CRY in OUT magazine's The 10 Greatest Gay Films list.
The full top 10 is:
Continue reading: Beautiful Thing Tops Gay Movie Poll
The All About My Mother two are negotiating the role and Cruz admits
she'll do whatever her old countryman pal asks her to - even if that means
losing her locks.
She says, "I might have to be bald in a movie for Pedro but that's OK. It
will grow back."
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