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Thursday 25 December 2014

Almodovar flying high with comedy

Pedro Almodovar's new film is I'm So Excited
Pedro Almodovar's new film is I'm So Excited

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has revealed he is a keen flyer in spite of the problems featured in his new film I'm So Excited!

The latest farcical comedy from the 63-year-old follows the crew and passengers on a disastrous aeroplane flight as it makes its way to Mexico, following a technical fault with the landing gears.

"I'm really scared about the speed but more in a car. In a plane, I feel completely calm," he said at the film's gala screening at the Hackney Picturehouse in east London.

"I can concentrate very much - I write and read a lot so it is a very comfortable place for me. I'm a boring companion because I don't talk. But I don't have any fears (about flying). All the flights I have been on have been boring."

The film is a return to Almodovar's early comedies and his first in over 13 years following thrillers The Skin I Live In and Broken Embraces and mystery drama Bad Education.

"I wanted to go back to comedy but I didn't just want to make one because I know how to. But I'm very happy with this," he said.

Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, who have previously starred in Almodovar's films, make a cameo appearance in I'm So Excited!, which the director-writer said is a metaphor for those living in Spain at the moment.

"Going around in circles without knowing when you're going to land, making emergency landings and living with a sense of uncertainty and fear reflects the situation in Spain," he explained.

"This is a comedy so everything ends well."

I'm So Excited! opens in cinemas on May 3.

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