Julieta

Spain 2016

Synopsis

Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart.
When Antía turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter.

Directors Statement

JULIETA talks about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. It is also about fate, guilt complexes and that unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon those they love, erasing them from their lives as if they had never meant anything, as if they had never existed.

Biography

Pedro Almodóvar was born in the heart of La Mancha in the 50s. At seventeen, he left home and moved to Madrid, with no money and no job, but with the very specific project in mind of studying cinema and direct films. It was impossible to enroll in the Official Film School because Franco had just closed it. He started working for the National Telephone Company of Spain then, which allowed him to buy his first Super-8mm camera. In the mornings, his job gave him the insight of the Spanish middle class at the start of the consumer era, with all its dramas and misfortunes, a real gold mine for a future story teller. In the evenings, he collaborated with various underground magazines, acted with theatre groups, was a member of a parodic punk-rock group Almodóvar & McNamara, made films in Super-8 and loved.
In 1980, he opened PEPI, LUCI, BOM, a no-budget film made as a cooperative effort with the rest of the crew and the cast, all beginners, except for Carmen Maura. He hasn't stoppet working ever since, having written and directed films suchs as WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DERVE THIS?!, LAW OF DESIRE, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, HIGHS HEELS, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, TALK TO HER or VOLVER.
In 1986, he and his brother founded the production company El Deseo, home of directors such as Isabel Coixet, Lucrecia Martel, Guillermo del Toro, Alex de la Iglesias or Damián Szifrón.

Filmography
2016 - JULIETA
2013 - I’M SO EXCITED!
2011 - THE SKIN I LIVE IN
2009 - BROKEN EMBRACES
2006 - VOLVER
2004 - BAD EDUCATION
2001 - TALK TO HER
1999 - ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
1997 - LIVE FLESH
1995 - THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET
1993 - KIKA
1991 - HIGH HEELS
1989 - TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!
1987 - WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
1986 - LAW OF DESIRE
1985 - MATADOR
1984 - WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?!
1983 - DARK HABITS
1982 - LABYRINTH OF PASSIONS
1980 - PEPI, LUCI, BOM
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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Pedro Almodóvar

Written by : Pedro Almodóvar

Produced by : Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García

Director of Photography : Jean Claude Larrieu

Editor : José Salcedo

Production Design : Antxon Gomez

Costume Design : Sonia Grande

Hair & Make up Artist : Sergio Pérez-Berbel, Ana López-Puigcerver

Composer : Alberto Iglesias

Sound Design : Pelayo Gutierrez

Main Cast : Emma Suárez & Adriana Ugarte (Julieta), Daniel Grao (Xoan), Inma Cuesta (Ava), Michelle Jenner (Bea), Rossy De Palma (Marian)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2016
  • European Actress 2016
  • European Director 2016
  • European Film 2016
  • EFA Selection 2016