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Thursday April 14, 2011

Auteur Showdown at Cannes Sees Almodóvar as the Only Hispanic Competitor

Auteur Showdown at Cannes Sees Almodóvar as the Only Hispanic Competitor

Photo: Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar and Lars Von Trier

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“La Piel Que Habito,” Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, will compete in the Cannes Film Festival against masterpieces by giants like Terrence Malick and Lars Von Trier.

This year’s Cannes competition is expected to be a battle of titans, as submissions pair some of the best-established auteurs in contemporary cinema with some of the most important performers of today.

Picking this year’s winner is likely a very tough choice, as the list of favorites includes the genius of Lars Von Trier, directing Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Udo Kier and Keifer Sutherland in “Melancholia,” a film about the end of the world written by Von Trier himself; “The Tree of Life,” written and directed by Terrence Malick, promises to be an existential piece set in the 50s, features Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, and deals with loss of innocence, the coming of age, and the meaning of life.

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s submission to this year’s festival is the psychological thriller/horror film “La Piel Que Habito” (“The Skin I Live in), which marks the director’s reunion with Antonio Banderas. Based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel “Mygale”, it is, as put by Almodóvar “a story of terrible vengeance, with a very diabolical character (Banderas),” a plastic surgeon on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter.