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Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival opens with Pedro Almodóvar’s "Volver"

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), is revving up for their 21st Annual event scheduled for October 20 – November 12, 2006. Today, FLIFF announced that they will open the fest Friday, October 20, 7:30pm at Parker Playhouse with the Florida Premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver followed by a Fiesta.

President and CEO of FLIFF, Gregory von Hausch, commented,

“We selected Volver because Pedro Almodóvar is universal. His films are enjoyed no matter what language you may speak. In South Florida’s culturally diverse community, Volver, will speak to everyone. We also wanted our opening night film to be lighter in tone. I think, in today’s world, we all need an escape. It doesn't hurt that this film is being toasted as Almodóvar’s best yet - and that says it all.”

Volver, which walked away with Best Actress Awards for all five leading ladies and Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival, stars Pénelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo. The film was written and directed by Almodóvar.

Volver is a meeting of “Mildred Pierce” and “Arsenic and Old Lace”, combined with the surrealistic naturalism of his fourth film, ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!l (What have I done to Deserve This?), that is, Madrid and its lively working-class neighborhoods, where the immigrants from the various Spanish provinces share dreams, lives and fortune with a multitude of ethnic groups and other races. At the heart of this social framework, three generations of women survive wind, fire and even death, thanks to goodness, audacity and a limitless vitality.

To Almodavar, the title Volver which means “Come Back”, represents coming back to comedy, coming back to the feminine world, working again with Carmen Maura (after seventeen years), with Penélope Cruz (Lola Dueñas and Chus Lampreave), coming back to La Mancha, and the most important thing that comes back in “Volver” is the ghost of a mother, who appears to her daughters.

They are Raimunda (Pénelope Cruz), who is married to an unemployed labourer and has a teenage daughter (Yohana Cobo); Sole (Lola Dueñas), her sister, who makes a living as a hairdresser; and the mother of both (Carmen Maura), who died in a fire along with her husband. After her death, a mother (Maura) returns to her home town in order to fix the situations that she couldn't resolve during her life and creates situations that are either hilarious or filled with a deep, genuine emotion.

Volver will receive a theatrical release by Sony Pictures Classics.

FESTIVAL TICKETS/DETAILS: Opening Night Film and Fiesta are $35. Tickets for the film only are $10. For more advance tickets, memberships, passes and a complete film schedule visit or call 954-525-3456.

FESTIVAL HOTEL: This year FLIFF’s host hotel is the beautiful, newly renovated, 4-star hotel, Gallery One Fort Lauderdale. For special FLIFF rates and packages, visit or call 954-565-3800.

October 21 – November 2: Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street, Ft. Lauderdale
October 20, November 3-5, November 12: Parker Playhouse
November 6 – 11: Sunrise Cinemas at Las Olas Riverfront

FESTIVAL SPONSORS include: Broward County, Greater Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Steve Savor, AutoNation, Sundance Channel, Comcast, DeSantis Center, Gallery One, Jet Blue, Air France, Metro PCS, British Air, Kodak, Parker Playhouse, Alpine Motors, Antje Farber, Vasquez Foundation, Ocean Blue Press, City of Fort Lauderdale, Perna Design, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, “The Coast”, Rock 93, Go Riverwalk, City Smart Magazine,, Express Gay News, The 411, New Times

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