Almodovar denies trying to provoke controversy
10 March 2004, MADRID – Spain's leading film director Pedro Almodóvar said Wednesday his new film ‘La mala educación’ was not intended to attack the Church.
10 March 2004
MADRID – Spain's leading film director Pedro Almodóvar said Wednesday his new film ‘La mala educación’ was not intended to attack the Church.
Almodovar insisted he made the film without intending to provoke controversy, even though the plot deals with sexual abuse in Catholic schools during the dictatorship of General Franco.
He claimed the "barbaric" activities of the Church can be read about on a daily basis in today's Spain.
Almodóvar said dealing with such a sensitive issue as child abuse had been difficult.
He said he was worried about filming certain sequences without resorting to the crime the film attacks.
Instead he decided to use blurred images.
The film, which opens on 18 March, is Almodóvar’s most personal film, pieced together with childhood memories.
But he is quick to point out that he was never abused as a child.
The film reconstructs things from his childhood which were heard, overheard and witnessed first-hand.
Almodóvar spent more than ten years working on the script, starring Mexican actor Gael García Bernal.
The result is an extremely intricate plot that tells of the friendship between two school friends, one of whom suffers sexual abuse, and their reunion years later.
Almodóvar said his films are getting more complicated while his own life becomes more simple.
‘La mala educación’ is also Almodóvar’s blackest film. He said the film does not portray good guys and bad guys, but imperfect beings who demonstrate the blackness of their hearts.
Almodovar said he was not worried about the reaction to a film dealing with child abuse in Spain, where it is already an important issue.
The film, which is scheduled to open the Cannes Film Festival, should not provoke adverse reaction in France, he believes.
But he is more concerned about possible reactions in Italy, because of the influence of the Pope, and the United States.
Winner of two Academy Awards, one for best foreign film for ‘All about my mother’ and the other for best original screenplay for ‘Talk to her’, Almodóvar said he could not predict what might happen if ‘La mala educación’ were to be nominated for an Oscar next year.
Almodóvar would like to make a return to comedy.
But among several projects on the drawing table is ‘La abuela fantasma’, which will probably be his next film.
It is a black comedy along the lines of ‘What have I done to deserve this?’
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news