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All About my Mother

All About my Mother

A Feature film by Pedro Almodovar

Produced by El Deseo, Renn Productions

Release in France : 19/05/1999

    Synopsis

    A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his 17th birthday as he runs to seek an actress's autograph. She goes to Barcelona to find the lad's father, a transvestite named Lola who does not know he has a child. First she finds her friend, Agrado, a wild yet caring transvestite; through him she meets Rosa, a young nun bound for El Salvador, but instead finds out she is pregnant by Lola. Manuela becomes the personal assistant of Huma Rojo, the actress her son admired, by helping Huma manage Nina, the co-star and Huma's lover. However, Agrado soon takes over when Manuela must care for Hermana Rosa's risky pregnancy. With echos of Lorca, "All About Eve," and "Streetcar Named Desire," the mothers (and fathers and actors) live out grief, love, and friendship.

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    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    El Deseo, Renn Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Distribution

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Pathé Distribution

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    International releases (35)

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    About

    "At first, I was thinking of doing a film on the acting ability of certain non-actors. When I was a kid, I remember observing that skill in the women in my family. They pretended a lot more often and better than men. Their falsehoods succeeded in preventing more than one tragedy. Forty years ago, La Mancha was an arid, macho region where men ruled from their imitation leather armchairs while woman quietly solved all the real problems thanks to crafty lying (is that why Garcia Lorca said Spain had always been a land of born actresses?). In reaction to this macho attitude that I remember so vividly from my childhood (maybe even exaggerating it), women would pretend, lie and dissemble, thus allowing life to take its course, to their husbands' total ignorance. It was a revelation to me, and the sight of women gossiping on the patio marked me forever. I didn't know it, but the ability of women to lie would become one of the themes in my thirteenth film, along with troubled motherhood and spontaneous solidarity among women."

    "Tennesse Williams had Blanche Dubois say that she always had faith in the kindness of strangers. That kind of kindness comes out in 'All About My Mother.'"

    (Pedro Almodovar, Director)

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producers :

    Claude Berri, Agustín Almodóvar

    Screenwriter :

    Pedro Almodovar

    Director of Photography :

    Affonso Beato

    Production manager :

    Esther Garcia

    Editor :

    José Salcedo

    Music Composer :

    Alberto Iglesias

    Line Producer :

    Agustín Almodóvar

    Co-producer :

    Michel Ruben

    Sound Recordist :

    Miguel Rejas

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jérome Jouneaux

    Production Designer :

    Antxon Gomez

    Costume designers :

    José Maria Cossio (de), Sabina Daigeler

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Sexuality, Family

    Production language :

    Spanish

    Coproducer countries :

    Spain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    No

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Spain, France)

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    19/05/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    95.242

    Visa issue date :

    12/05/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (7)

    Shanghai - International Film Festival - 2007

    Shanghai - International Film Festival (China, 2007)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)

    Selection

    Women's Stories

    Academy Awards - 2000

    Academy Awards (United States, 2000)

    Selection

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Lumiere Awards - 2000

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)

    Selection

    French Films

    European Film Awards - 1999

    European Film Awards (Germany, 1999)

    Selection

    Best European Film

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)

    Selection

    Official Competition - Feature Films

    Awards (4)

    Academy Awards - 2000

    Academy Awards (United States, 2000)

    Awards

    Best Foreign Film

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Foreign Feature

    César Award for Best Foreign Feature

    European Film Awards - 1999

    European Film Awards (Germany, 1999)

    Awards (2)

    Best European Film

    Audience Prize for Best European Director : Pedro Almodovar

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)

    Awards

    Best Direction Award

    Delegations