Photo: Banderas in "The Skin I Live in"
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s psychological thriller “La piel que habito” (The Skin I Live In) has picked up a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign language film, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday.
Its rivals will be “The Flowers of War” (China), “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (U.S.), “The Kid With a Bike” (Belgium) and “A Separation” (Iran).
“The Skin I Live In” is the latest Almodovar offering to compete for a major film award in the United States.
He has won two Oscars - best original screenplay for “Talk to Her” and best foreign language film for “All About My Mother” - and two Golden Globe awards for those same films.
He also has received other Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “High Heels,” “To Return” and “Broken Embraces.”
In “The Skin I Live In,” a medical revenge thriller with touches of surrealist and Almodovarian humor that premiered at Cannes in May, a brilliant plastic surgeon and psychopath Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) who is haunted by his wife’s and daughter’s suicides holds a beautiful woman, Vera (Elena Anaya), captive and under observation at his home.
The film, Almodovar’s 18th, has been hailed by U.S. critics.
Almodovar also has enjoyed significant box-office success in the United States, with “To Return” grossing $12 million and “Talk to Her” and “All About My Mother” taking in $9 million and $8 million, respectively.