Magazine article Screen International

The Skin I Live In

Magazine article Screen International

The Skin I Live In

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Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar reunites with his Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down star Antonio Banderas in this hotly anticipated thriller, currently in post.

Synopsis: Based loosely on the Thierry Jonquet novel Mygale, the film tells the story of an eminent plastic surgeon who becomes obsessed with creating new skin, following the death of his wife who was burnt in a car crash, taking his experiments to frightening levels.

Director: Pedro Almodovar

Writers: Pedro Almodovar (inspired by Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale)

Producers: Agustin Almodovar (executive producer), Esther Garcia

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suarez, Fernando Cayo, Jan Cornet, Roberto Alamo, Barbara Lennie

Financing: ICAA national subsidies, Galicia funds, TVE, Canal Plus, pre-sales.

Language: Spanish

Countries of Production: Spain

Status: Post production

Release date: September 2011

Next up: Almodavar's next project will be a biopic film feature called Mina, based on a novel by Paolo Limiti, about the life of successful Italian singer Mina who courted controversy by having a son with a married man, before withdrawing from public appearances in the late 1970s.

Pedro Almodovar's name alone is enough to draw huge interest in his projects both in Spain and internationally, and the news that he has re-teamed with his old muse and international star Antonio Banderas, has added an extra level of anticipation.

Based "loosely" on Thierry Jonquet's dark novel Mygale, the film tells the story of a plastic surgeon who becomes dangerously obsessed with creating new skin, following the death of his wife who was burnt in a car crash.

"It's a story of revenge, but also about the capacity and resistance of the human being," says Agustin Almodovar, executive producer of the film, and co-partner with his brother at Madrid based outfit El Deseo. "Pedro was very taken with the novel and so bought the rights to it about 10 years ago, but wanted to put his own stamp on the movie."

As with all of their films, the Almodovar brothers want to keep an air of secrecy about the full plot details of their latest project ahead of its release. In the book, there are four interesting strands, there's the plastic surgeon's troubled relationship with his wife, whom he pimps out to other men, there's his relationship with his daughter who is institutionalized after a mental breakdown, there's the story of Vincent Moreau captured and imprisoned by a madman, and finally a petty thug called Alex who finds it hard to escape after a bank robbery. …

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