Spain’s most famous filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar gave details of his next production, Los Abrazos Rotos, (Broken Hugs) at a press conference in Madrid last Friday, together with two of the stars, his favourite actress Penélope Cruz and Blanca Portillo. He said filming starts in Lanzarote on May 26th, and then moves to Madrid. Almodóvar described it as his longest and most expensive film to date, and said he wants the audience to go to watch it without knowing anything about the plot. However, some details have leaked out – it’s about a screenwriter who goes blind, and the plot develops between the 1990s and the present day. Oscar nominee Alberto Iglesias has composed the music for the film, and there are also several songs from Cat Power and a version of Michael Jackson’s Beat it, by the Brazilian group Mr. Coconut.


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