The 45-year-old Spanish actress is set to star opposite Antonio Banderas in the Spanish-language feature Competencia Oficial, which is due to get underway in Spain at the end of February.
Veteran Argentine actor Oscar Martínez will also star.
Banderas and Martínez will play actors with very different track records whose methods clash during the preparation for a movie financed by a notorious and over-eager millionaire. Cruz will play the film’s prestigious but eccentric director.
The film is co-written and co-directed by Argentine filmmaking duo Mariano Cohnand Gastón Duprat. Andrés Dupratalso scripted.
Additional cast includes José Luis Gómez, Carlos Hipólito, Koldo Olabarri, Irene Escolar, Nagore Aramburu, Pilar Castro and Juan Grandinetti.
This is the latest project to feature Cruz and Banderas…
They most recently starred in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory. They’ve also starred in Almodovar’s I’m So Excited.
A release date for Competencia Oficial has yet to be announced.
Viacom International Studios has set a co-development deal with El Deseo, the Spanish production company owned by the 70-year-old legendary Spanish filmmaker and his brother Agustín Almodóvar, for an eight-episode series, Mentiras Pasajeras.
The companies will co-develop the series under the direction of Spanish screenwriters Nerea Castroand Blanca Andres.
El Deseo, which produces both film and television projects, was formed in 1985 by Pedro Almodovar. His latest release, Pain and Glory, earned a Best International Filmnomination and also a Best Actornod for Antonio Banderas.
“We are honored to have entered into this agreement with internationally distinguished production company, El Deseo, which will further expand our portfolio with more world-class productions and properties,” said Federico Cuervo, SVP and Head of Viacom International Studios. ”We look forward to working with Almodovar and his team, and we are certain that this co-development deal will result in even more captivating content for VIS and its partners.”
“We very much appreciate the trust VIS has placed in us, El Deseo, as producers and are convinced the joining of forces of two companies with such high standards in this industry will yield very exciting projects in this era of high demand for quality cinematic content. We hope this first venture is the first of many more to come. We are very excited! ”said Agustin Almodovar, producer of El Deseo.
The series follows a collaboration involving VIS, El Deseo, RTVE and Movistarfor the upcoming Isabel Coixet film, Snow in Benidorm. With a cast featuring Timothy Spall, Sarita Choudhury, Carmen Machi, Ana Torrentand Pedro Casablanc, the project started filming on January 20 in Benidorm, Spain.
The 59-year-old Spanish actor was awarded the Best Actor prize by the National Society of Film Critics over the weekend.
Banderas picked up the prize for his performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory.
The organization rolled out the winners on its official Twitteraccount. “We have 20 critics voting in New York, 9 critics voting remotely from L.A. and other cities, and 14 critics voting by proxy,” the group tweeted.
The National Society of Film Criticswas founded in 1966. Its members include critics from major papers in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Denver.
Here’s this year’s list of winners:
Best Picture: Parasite Director: Greta Gerwig, Little Women Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite Cinematography: Claire Mathon,Portrait of a Lady on Fireand Atlantics Actress: Mary Kay Place, Diane Actor: Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory Supporting actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Storyand Little Women Supporting actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood Non-fiction film: Honeyland Film heritage award: Museum of Modern Art Film heritage award: Rialto Pictures
Alejandro Landes’ acclaimed film Monos has earned the 39-year-old Colombian-Ecuadorian film director a nod in the Foreign Language Film of the Year category.
Winners will be announced on January 30.
Full list of nominations:
FILM OF THE YEAR The Irishman Joker Knives Out Marriage Story Midsommar 1917 Pain and Glory Parasite Portrait of a Lady on Fire The Souvenir
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR Happy as Lazzaro Monos Pain and Glory Parasite Portrait of a Lady on Fire
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR Amazing Grace Apollo 11 The Cave For Sama Varda by Agnès
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Pedro Almodóvar – Pain and Glory Bong Joon Ho – Parasite Sam Mendes – 1917 Céline Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR Pedro Almodóvar – Pain and Glory Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Wan – Parasite Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir Steven Zaillian – The Irishman
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story Lupita Nyong’o – Us Florence Pugh – Midsommar Charlize Theron – Bombshell Renée Zellweger – Judy
ACTOR OF THE YEAR Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory Tom Burke – The Souvenir Robert De Niro – The Irishman Adam Driver – Marriage Story Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR Laura Dern – Marriage Story Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers Florence Pugh – Little Women Margot Robbie – Bombshell Tilda Swinton – The Souvenir
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Shia LaBeouf – Honey Boy Al Pacino – The Irishman Joe Pesci – The Irishman Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
BRITISH/IRISH FILM: THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD Bait 1917 Rocketman The Souvenir Wild Rose
BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS (for body of work) Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose/Judy Cynthia Erivo – Harriet Lesley Manville – Ordinary Love/Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Florence Pugh – Fighting With My Family/Midsommar/Little Women Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR (for body of work) Tom Burke – The Souvenir Taron Egerton – Rocketman George MacKay – 1917/Where Hands Touch/Ophelia Robert Pattinson – The Lighthouse/High Life/The King Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes
YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER (for body of work) Raffey Cassidy – Vox Lux Dean-Charles Chapman – 1917/The King/Blinded by the Light Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit Noah Jupe – Honey Boy/Le Mans ’66 Honor Swinton Byrne – The Souvenir
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: THE PHILIP FRENCH AWARD Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts – For Sama Richard Billingham – Ray & Liz Mark Jenkin – Bait Owen McCafferty – Ordinary Love Nicole Taylor – Wild Rose
BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR Appreciation Beyond the North Winds: A Post-Nuclear Reverie The Devil’s Harmony Kingdom Come Pompeii
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Ad Astra – Allen Maris, visual effects Apollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller, film editing Judy – Jeremy Woodhead, makeup and hair Little Women – Jacqueline Durran, costumes Motherless Brooklyn – Daniel Pemberton, music Monos – Jasper Wolf, cinematography 1917 – Oliver Tarney, sound design Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – Barbara Ling, production design Parasite – Lee Ha Jun, production design A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – Will Becher & Richard Phelan, animation
DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM Sally Potter
DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM Sandy Powell
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Artshas unveiled its nominees for the 9th AACTA International Awards, with the 59-year-old Spanish actor picking up a nod.
Banderas is up for Best Lead Actor for his highly acclaimed performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory.
It’s his first-ever AACTA International Award nomination.
The AACTA International Awards will be handed out on January 3 in Los Angeles.
The AACTA International Awards recognize film excellence regardless of geography and are determined by the Oz Academy’s International Chapter, which is made up of 150 Australian screen professionals, many of whom overlap with AMPASand BAFTA.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
AACTA International Award for Best Film The Irishman Joker The King Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Parasite
AACTA International Award for Best Direction 1917– Sam Mendes The Irishman– Martin Scorsese Joker– Todd Phillips Once Upon A Time In Hollywood– Quentin Tarantino Parasite– Bong Joon-ho
AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay The Irishman– Steven Zaillian Jojo Rabbit– Taika Waititi Joker– Todd Phillips, Scott Silver Once Upon A Time In Hollywood– Quentin Tarantino Paraisite– Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Christian Bale – Ford V Ferrari Antonio Banderas – Pain And Glory Robert De Niro – The Irishman Adam Driver – Marriage Story Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress Awkwafina – The Farewell Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story Saoirse Ronan – Little Women Charlize Theron – Bombshell Renée Zellweger – Judy
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor John Lithgow – Bombshell Al Pacino – The Irishman Joe Pesci – The Irishman Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Song Kang-Ho – Parasite
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress Toni Collette – Knives Out Nicole Kidman – Bombshell Florence Pugh – Little Women Margot Robbie – Bombshell Margot Robbie – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
The first eight 2019 European Filn Awards winners have been revealed ahead of next month’s official ceremony, with the 67-year-old Spanish production designer picking up one of the prizes.
The first round of prizes sees eight craft categories named prior to the event.
Gómez won the European Production Design award for his work on Pedro Alomodovar’s Pain and Glory. He’d previously been nominated for an EFA in 2011 for his work on another Almodovar project… The Skin I Live In.
Eduardo Esquidehas picked up his own award…
The Latino sound engineer won theEuropean Sound award alongside Nacho Royo-Villanovaand Laurent Chassaignefor their work on A Twelve-Year Night.
The jury for the initial eight winners were: Nadia Ben Rachid, editor, France: Vanja Černul, cinematographer, Croatia; Annette Focks, composer, Germany; Gerda Koekoek, hair and make-up artist, Netherlands; Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, costume designer, Ireland; Artur Pinheiro, production designer, Portugal; Gisle Tveito, sound designer, Norway; István Vajda, visual effects, Hungary.
The 17-year-old Puerto Rican actress has been cast in Amazon’s hourlong pilot A League of Their Own, an adaptation of Penny Marshall’s 1992 feature film of the same name, from writers/executive producers Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham and Sony Pictures Television.
Delgado joins a cast that includes Kelly McCormack, with D’Arcy Carden and Jacobson, who are finalizing their acting deals, and Gbemisola Ikumelo, who is set.
Like the movie, A League of Their Own the series is about a women’s professional baseball league during World War II.
Delgado plays Izzy, an optimistic and fun girl who’s probably the youngest player to try out for the Rockford Peaches. The brave teenager left Cuba and landed in the Midwest just to play the game.
Delgado previously appeared in Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, Abracadabra and The Evil That Men Do.
The European Film Academy has unveiled its nominations for the 32nd European Film Awards, with the 70-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s latest project earning four nods.
Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, Spain’s official entry into the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category,is up for European Film 2019.
Almodovar, a seven-time EFAswinner, is also up for two individual prizes… European Screenwriterand European Directorfor writing and helming Pain and Glory.
Meanwhile, Antonio Banderashas been nominated in the European Actor category for his acclaimed work in Almodovar’s film.
The Spanish actor previously won a Europe Film Award in 1998 for his performance in The Mask of Zorro.
The ceremony will be held on December 7 in Berlin.
Here’s the list of nominations unveiled today (and see here for previously announced nominees):
EUROPEAN FILM 2019 AN OFFICER AND A SPY France, Italy DIRECTED BY Roman Polanski WRITTEN BY Robert Harris & Roman Polanski PRODUCED BY Alain Goldman
LES MISÉRABLES France DIRECTED BY Ladj Ly WRITTEN BY Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini & Alexis Manenti PRODUCED BY Christophe Barral & Toufik Ayadi
PAIN AND GLORY Spain WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Pedro Almodóvar PRODUCED BY Agustín Almodóvar & Esther García
SYSTEM CRASHER Germany WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Nora Fingscheidt PRODUCED BY Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann & Frauke Kolbmüller
THE FAVOURITE UK, Ireland DIRECTED BY Yorgos Lanthimos WRITTEN BY Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara PRODUCED BY Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday & Yorgos Lanthimos
THE TRAITOR Italy, Germany, France, Brazil DIRECTED BY Marco Bellocchio WRITTEN BY Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella & Francesco Piccolo PRODUCED BY Giuseppe Caschetto & Simone Gattoni
EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2019 Pedro Almodovar, “Pain and Glory” Marco Bellocchio, “The Traitor” Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” Roman Polanski, “An Officer and a Spy” Celine Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2019 FOR SAMA UK, USA DIRECTED BY Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts PRODUCED BY Waad al-Kateab
HONEYLAND North Macedonia DIRECTED BY Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska PRODUCED BY Atanas Georgiev
PUTIN’S WITNESSES Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Vitaly Mansky PRODUCED BY Natalia Manskaia, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda & Vit Klusak
SELFIE France, Italy WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Agostino Ferrente PRODUCED BY Marc Berdugo, Barbara Conforti & Gianfilippo Pedote
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER LA SCOMPARSA DI MIA MADRE Italy, USA WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Beniamino Barrese PRODUCED BY Filippo Macelloni & Hayley Pappas
EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2019 Olivia Colman in THE FAVOURITE Trine Dyrholm in QUEEN OF HEARTS Noémie Merlant & Adèle Haenel in PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Viktoria Miroshnichenko in BEANPOLE Helena Zengel in SYSTEM CRASHER
EUROPEAN ACTOR 2019 Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY Jean Dujardin in AN OFFICER AND A SPY Pierfrancesco Favino in THE TRAITOR Levan Gelbakhiani in AND THEN WE DANCED Alexander Scheer in GUNDERMANN Ingvar E. Sigurðsson in A WHITE, WHITE DAY
EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2019 Pedro Almodóvar for PAIN AND GLORY Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella & Francesco Piccolo for THE TRAITOR Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for AN OFFICER AND A SPY Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini & Alexis Manenti for LES MISÉRABLES Céline Sciamma for PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Penelope Cruzis being heralded in her home country…
The 45-year-old Oscar-winning Spanish actress has received San Sebastian Film Festival‘s biggest honor, the Donostia Award.
Cruz was given the prize — which had been announced in May — over the weekend during a gala ceremony in a surprise presentation by her close friend, U2lead singerBono, who praised Cruz for her film roles and her off-screen concern for humanity.
“Penélope’s life on the screen fascinates me because it is a family drama,” he said. “Artists like us, like me, get lost in our own selves. Penelope gets lost in others. That’s why we get lost in her.”
Upon accepting the award, Cruz spoke out against domestic violence against women in Spain and around the world.
“So far this year, 44 women have been murdered by gender-based violence in our country, and since 2003 more than a thousand. How many women are being murdered around the world?”, she asked. “I hope that when a woman finds the superhuman strength she needs to tell what she is going through in such a situation, she will be heard at first and not when it is too late.”
Cruz dedicated the award to her parents, her children and husband, fellow actor Javier Bardem, and three directors she has worked with: Pedro Almodóvar, Bigas Lunaand Fernando Trueba.
Cruz is the youngest actress to receive the Donostia prize, three of which are awarded each year.
Greek director Costa-Gavrasand Canadian actor Donald Sutherlandwere named winners of the honor earlier in the week at the festival in the northern Spanish seaside resort town. Cruz won the best actress Oscar in 2008 for her role in Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, becoming the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award.