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Retro Almodovar: Cecilia Roth and Lola Duenas Join “The Brief Lovers”

Along with the first names (Jose Maria Yazpik and Javier Camara) attached to The Brief Lovers (Los amantes pasajeros), Spanish sources are reporting that Pedro Almodovar will reunite with Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Lola Dueñas (Volver), while enlarging the family to include Carlos Areces (made famous by, Álex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus) and Raul Arevalo (from Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain fame). In a throwback to the types of ensemble films he was making in the 80’s (think the pre-Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown era), production is expected to begin in June and currently the player are in the rehearsal stages.

Gist:: This is an ensemble comedy about a group of people on the brink of an impending disaster.

Worth Noting: Roth and Almodovar first worked together on the 1980 comedy, “Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom”.

Do We Care?: Look for this to be high up on our 2013 Cannes list. In the mean time, we’ll have the op to seek out some of his more obscure earlier works. Look for more casting bits in the coming weeks leading up to international sales friendly Cannes.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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