A new Almodvar film will be making its debut in spring 2013. Los Amantes Pasajeros (English title, I’m so Excited) is being shot at the Ciudad Real defunct airport, 50 minutes from Madrid.
Who is Pedro Almodovar?
Almodovar grew up close to his current filming location, as well as the blustery, Spanish countryside made famous by Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Pedro’s mother had dreams that her son would grow up to become a priest, but the internationally acclaimed filmmaker knew that cinema was his true calling.
In the late 60s, Almodvar moved to Madrid to pursue his dream. Turbulent political times of the Franco regime had closed down the only film school in the capital city, but that didn’t sway the director’s passion to create movies. He worked at a phone company and simultaneously he began producing short films on a Super 8 camera; Almod√≥var had to record their soundtracks separately on cassette tape.
Inspired by great directors such as Luis Bunuel and Alfred Hitchcock, the self taught filmmaker began to make a name for himself in the 80s. Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios 1988 (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and Todo sobre mi Madre 1999 (All About My Mother) are highlights of his extensive moviemaking resume that have won the hearts of foreign film aficionados worldwide. Before Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz became international icons, they starred in several Almodvar flicks throughout the years, and it has been rumored that they both will be making appearances in Los Amantes Pasajeros.
What is Pedro Almodovar’s Film Style?
Almodovar likes to stress that his movies are not autobiographical, but he does admit that each picture contains an essence of his psyche. Many of his films storylines revolve around quirky, yet willful, feminine protagonists. The Spanish director pushes the roles of his unconventional, endearing characters to the extreme. In Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios, Carmen Maura (Pepa) plays a love-foresaken wife who self-medicates with sleeping pills; Pepa makes a mean, pill-infused gazpacho in one scene that is probably strong enough to sedate a horse. In Todo Sobre mi Madre, a grieving mother sets out on a journey to locate her deceased son‚Äôs father and befriends a transvestite prostitute, a pregnant nun and a lesbian actress along the way.
What is Los Amantes Pasajeros About?
Few clues have been disclosed about Almodovar’s latest film, but most of the movie takes place on a plane destined for Mexico City. Some sort of situation has occurred midair that leads the characters to believe their lives are endangered. It is said to be a comedy about passengers (‚Äúamantes‚Äù translates to ‚Äúlovers,‚Äù so the storyline likely has something to do with a couple or couples) divulging intimate confessions in the heat of the moment.
Watching Spanish movies with English subtitles is a great way to find some inspiration for future travel plans. Why not watch an Almodovar film or two before booking your next flights to Spain?