The Cannes Film Festival has barely taken place when Venice is already announced: Pedro Almodóvar presents his new film at the Lido.

Venice (AP) – The new film “Madres paralelas” by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar will open the 78th Venice Film Festival (September 1-11).

La Biennale di Venezia announced on Monday. The film, with actress Penélope Cruz in the lead role, will be screened on September 1 in the Italian lagoon city, he said.

“I am very grateful to the festival for this recognition,” said Almodóvar, who received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Venice in 2019. Biennale director Alberto Barbera spoke of a “very comeback. welcome ”for the Spanish director in the competition. According to the festival, “Madres paralelas” concerns two pregnant women who share a room in the hospital before giving birth. It’s an intense and empathetic portrayal, said Barbera.

Almodóvar is one of the most famous Spanish directors. It has already won two Oscars: in 2000 for the tragic comedy “All About My Mother” as Best Non-English-Speaking Film and in 2003 for Best Original Screenplay for the Drama “Talk to Him”. Her famous works also include “Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown” (1988).