Coming off career-best reviews for “Pain and Glory,” Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar isn’t taking a break and is instead moving forward with two English-language projects.
He confirmed to Indiewire over the weekend that one will be a feature adaptation of Lucia Berlin’s five-story anthology book “A Manual for Cleaning Women”.
He also confirms he will shoot a short 15-minute film adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one-act stage play “The Human Voice” and has enlisted the help of Tilda Swinton to join him. That project will shoot in April and the original play followed a Parisian woman’s final phone call with her lover of five years who will marry another woman the following day.
According to Almodovar, he and Swinton have worked together updating certain aspects of the story and the woman’s behavior. The property helped inspire Almodóvar’s 1988 feature “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”.