Pedro Almodóvar could direct Cate Blanchett in 'Manual for cleaning women' and points out that "the great movie about the Civil War is yet to be made"

18 years after Cate Blanchett surrender to Pedro Almodovar the Golden Globe for the best foreign language film, for ‘Talk to her’, the actress and the director are trying to start their first project together. Is about ‘Handbook for cleaning ladies‘, adaptation of the work of Lucia Berlin that the filmmaker announced last year, before getting down to work with ‘Parallel Mothers’.

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‘Manual for cleaning women’ should be the first film in English made by the author from La Mancha, who already had the script ready and Blanchett on board, but a conflict with the rights of the original by Lucia Berlin could put the project away. The producer and brother of the director, Agustin Almodóvar, has reported that El Deseo has not been able to get hold of the rights and the adaptation could go ahead with another filmmaker. The situation of the project is as follows, according to his words:

“Cate has decided to continue with him. He has not yet bought the rights, he is working on it, and he would do it with Pedro’s script. If he goes ahead with another director, Pedro would appear as a screenwriter and both he and I as co-producers. The experience with Tilda was great, and Cate is the same kind of person, but it’s not clear that this is Pedro’s next shoot. […] In international projects, everything is uncertain. “

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We will see how this promising project evolves, it would be a shame if Pedro Almodóvar could not carry out this collaboration with Cate Blanchett, although he will have consolation for having written the script. His brother remembers “the experience with Tilda”; of course, it refers to ‘The human voice’, Almodóvar’s acclaimed short film starring Tilda Swinton that competed for the Oscar in the last edition.

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The news about Pedro Almodóvar’s possible next project comes a few days before the premiere in Spanish cinemas of ‘Parallel Mothers’, for which Penelope Cruz she won the Volpi Cup for best actress at the Venice Film Festival. This beautiful melodrama hits the billboard on October 8, with the characteristic features of the filmmaker and sensational performances by Cruz and Milena Smit, which can cause a lot of controversy for addressing the subject of historical memory. In a recent e interesting interview, the La Mancha author has said this:

I think the great movie about the Civil War is yet to be made. On the postwar period, we have ‘Surcos’, by José Antonio Nieves Conde, who was very accurate about how people lived in this country in the fifties. In a family that, like those in my films, came from a rural stratum and went to Madrid in search of their fortune. We also have ‘The world continues’, by Fernando Fernán Gómez, which talks about that Madrid of the neighborhoods of the time and how hard it was to survive in this city. These two examples are very remarkable films, but not enough has been said about other times, such as La Movida: there are very few films about that time. Relatively little has also been done about ETA, now ‘Maixabel’ is being released and I wish it good luck because it is a very interesting film, but the process of the repentants is a dramatically very interesting subject and until now it was unpublished. Spaniards are shy or scared when it comes to talking about our problems, about ourselves in terms of the past. “

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