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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #6. Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta


Director: Pedro Almodovar
Writer: Pedro Almodovar

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar returns to high drama with Julieta following the sillier escapades of 2013’s I’m So Excited. Showcasing a female driven cast headlines what is described as a ‘powerful, intense drama,’ self-produced by the director and his brother through their own production company, El Deseo. The film was recently retitled from the original Silencio in order to avoid confusion with Martin Scorsese’s 2016 title of the same name. Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suarez star as the titular protagonist, which documents the earlier events from Juliet’s life from the 1980s forward, explaining what brought her to her present day madness.

Cast: Emma Saurez, Adriana Ugarte, Inma Cuesta, Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro, Michelle Jenner, Joaquin Notaro, Blanca Pares, Daniel Grao, Rossy de Palma, Susi Sanchez, Dario Grandinetti

Production Co./Producers: El Deseo’s Agustin & Pedro Almodovar

U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Release Date: Almodovar purposely avoided the festival circuit in 2013, but we expect to see his dramatic return to premiere at Cannes, where he last competed in 2011 with The Skin I Live In (altogether, he’s competed four times, previously winning Best Screenplay at the fest for Volver in 2006 and Best Director in 1999 for All About My Mother).

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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