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Art Alert: Screening of Almodovar’s Volver at Cairo’s Magnolia

The film has won 60 awards, including best screenplay at Cannes in 2006

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Jul 2017
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Volver (Photo: part of film poster)
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Cairo's Magnolia Leaves of Art will hold a screening of the award-winning Spanish film Volver on 31 July.

Written and directed by renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, the film stars Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, and Lola Duenas.

The story centres on an eccentric family in Madrid, with Cruz playing a working-class mother whose own mother returns from the dead in a time of family crisis.

Sexual abuse, loneliness and death are some of the themes tackled in the film, which mixes the genres of farce, tragedy, melodrama, and magical realism.

Volver earned Cruz and the film's five other female leads the award for best actress as an ensemble at Cannes 2006, where the film also won best screenplay.

Cruz was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for best actress, as well as an Academy Award, making her the first Spanish actress to be nominated in that category.

The film has won 60 awards and 90 nominations, and was among many critics’ top 10 list for best films of 2006.

Almodovar has won two Academy Awards in his career; one for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Talk to Her in 2002, and another for Best Foreign Language Film for 1999’s All About My Mother.

He was the Cannes festival’s jury chair this year, and remains the most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker.

The film is rated R for some sexual content and explicit language.

Programme:
Monday, 31 July at 7pm
Magnolia Leaves of Art, 12 Mohamed Anis street, Zamalek, Cairo

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