Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has been doing press for his new feature “Julieta” which has been screening across the festival circuit but won’t hit the United States until December 21st.
Even as he’s talking up the new film though, he’s already got two further projects on his mind. He tells Empire during one of their recent podcasts: “I’m writing now and there [are] two stories… the next movie is between one of these two. One is a comedy, a dark, very dark comedy and the other is a drama more in the [vein] of ‘Julieta.’ I don’t know which one I will finish first, but I know, more or less, what will be the next film.”
In the same interview he also talked about his favorite films of last year, namely Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and Pablo Larrain’s “El Club,” and touched upon “Brokeback Mountain”. The director was originally scheduled to direct the Annie Proulx short story adaptation before Ang Lee came on board and delivered the resulting Oscar-winning film. How would have Almodovar’s version been different?
“More sex, more sex, and this is not gratuitous. [Author] Annie Proulx’s story is about a physical relationship, an animal relation. So sex is necessary, because it is the body of the story. So I always had the image – these two guys start making love to each other like animals, like they were taking care of business. Against the cold, in the mountain; almost a way to survive in the mountains.
In the end, they discover that it was something else and they were surprised; it was like a big accident. But the physical part, [the story] is about that. And I love the movie and the actors, they were incredible, but I’m always thinking about Annie Proulx and not Hollywood and I think my point of view was not easy to make. Of course they promise you all kinds of artistic freedom, but it seems to me I could do that in Europe, but not in the United States.”
It’s an interesting perspective, one that would’ve been less widely embraced but also more in line with the original source material. Either way the Lee version didn’t do too badly for itself and made the recently released BBC Top 100 films of this century at Number 40.