• Spain’s Almodovar delivers raw drama in Cannes-selected film


    MADRID: In his latest film to compete in the Cannes Film Festival, Spain’s Pedro Almodovar has ditched the humor and quirkiness that marks much of his work to tell a dramatic mother-daughter story.

    One of 20 movies selected to compete for the prestigious Palm e d’Or award in Cannes next month, Julieta recounts a mother’s excruciating 10-year wait for a daughter who abandoned her when she turned 18.

    The film’s release in Spain earlier this month had initially been clouded by the appearance of Almodovar and his brother in the global Panama Papers scandal over an offshore company they briefly controlled in 1991.



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