One of Spain’s most iconic film directors has begun shooting his 20th film, Silencio, a dark drama spanning the life of one woman over 30 years.
The film follows the title character of Juliet from the heady days of 1985, when Spain was still celebrating the freedoms that came with the end of Franco’s dictatorship the decade before, to 2015, a very different Spain after suffering years of economic recession.
— Agustín Almodóvar (@AgustinAlmo) May 18, 2015
The photo of the iconic Spanish director was uploaded to Twitter by his brother, the film's producer Agustín Almodóvar. It shows the director standing in a train carriage with a clapperboard while some of the film's actors stand behind him.
Almodóvar has always been hailed as a “woman’s director” and has, over the years launched the careers of some of the world’s most famous Spanish actresses, from Carmen Maura to Penelope Cruz.
His two latest chicas are relatively unknown outside of Spain; Emma Suárez, 50, will play the older Juliet while Adriana Ugarte, 30, will play the younger version of the character.
“I don’t at all like the use of excessive makeup to age actors,” the director told Spanish daily newspaper El País, “I prefer to have two different performances and play with the viewer’s imagination.”
But Almodóvar has not forgotten about his earlier muses; Spanish actress Rossy de Palma who is currently on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival and has featured in numerous of the director’s films, will also star.
The film will be shot in the La Mancha director’s adopted home of Madrid, as well as Rías Altas in Galicia, La Sierra in Huelva and the Pyrenees.