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Pedro Almodóvar returns to what he does best with latest film Julieta
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Pedro Almodóvar returns to what he does best with latest film Julieta

Jessica Jones · 12 Jan 2016, 12:20

Published: 12 Jan 2016 12:20 GMT+01:00

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The first trailer has been released for Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, Julieta, which will be released on April 8th. 

The one minute 22 second clip was uploaded to YouTube by El Deseo, the production company owned by the director and his brother, Augustín. 

It focuses on the title character of Julieta, showing her in conversation with her mother and an older version of the character at the end of the clip. 

Last May, Spain's most famous film director began shooting his 20th film, which follows the life of one woman over a period of 30 years. 

The film follows the title character of Julieta 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.

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 Julieta 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."

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Almodóvar's most iconic leading ladies 

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, also stars.

The film was shot in the La Mancha director’s adopted home of Madrid, as well as on location in Rías Altas in Galicia, La Sierra in Huelva and the Pyrenees. 

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Jessica Jones (jessica.jones@thelocal.com)

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