Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz is in early negotiations to reteam with Sergio Castellitto, the Italian director whose 2004 Don’t Move gave Cruz her first career-making role.
Speaking Friday at the Madrid press screening of Pedro Almodovar’s Embraces, in which she stars, Cruz said, “We’re starting to talk but I can’t confirm anything concrete as yet.”
Castellitto wants Cruz as lead femme in Venuto al Mondo (Into the World).
The Sarajevo-set drama about a single mother is based on a novel by Castellitto’s wife, Margaret Mazzantini, as was Don’t Move. Castellitto’s producers, Roberto Cicutto and Luigi Musini, are currently putting together finance on World.
Pic is unlikely to start filming this year: Cruz said she intends to spend most of the year promoting Broken Embraces during its international roll-out, which lasts through November.
Embraces played to a huge media turnout at its first public screening here in Madrid.
A love story and genre blender — part meller, thriller and romantic drama — laced with Almodovar’s trademark humor, Broken Embraces turns on the competition for the affections of an actress (Cruz) between a Spanish magnate (Jose Luis Gomez) and a film director (Lluis Homar).
Almodovar’s 17th film is loaded with film references, from Roberto Rossellini’s Voyage to Italy to his own Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
“My film is my declaration of love for cinema,” Almodovar said.
Warner Bros. will release Embraces in Spain on March 18 on around 250 prints, a middling print-run strategy that worked well for Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.
Producer Agustin Almodovar said that Embraces had been presented for selection at the Cannes Festival. Its absence from Cannes would be a major turn-up for the books.
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