Parallel Mothers, the new work of Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar will open the 78th edition of Venice International Film Festival 2021. This is mentioned on the festival's official website. The picture will be screened in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema on Lido island on September 1.
Parallel Mothers tells the story of two ladies who ended up in the same maternity unit simultaneously. Both are single and got pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors.The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which chance will undertake to develop and complicate in such a decisive way that it will change the lives of both.
The cast includes Penelope Cruz (Janis) and Rossi de Palma (Ana), Almodovar's favorite actresses.
“I was born as a film director in 1983 in Venice, in the Mezzogiorno Mezzanotte section. Thirty-eight years later I am called to open the Festival. I cannot explain the joy and the honor, and how much this means to me without falling into complacency. I am very grateful to the Festival for this recognition and hope to be up to it”, Almodovar said.