Even with all that jazz that went down yesterday with Von Trier, today was the day I was most jealous I wasn't in Cannes... It was Pedro day! Mixed reviews be damned, "Broken Embraces" will more than likely be the film out of Cannes 2009 I'm most excited to see at subsequent fests. Those likely in agreement (and anyone else), should check out this essay by Pedro Almodovar, entitled "Declaration of Love," that indieWIRE published today. An outtake:
I feel it’s the first time I’ve made such an express declaration of love to cinema; not with a specific sequence, but with a whole film. To cinema, to its materials, to the people who give all they’ve got around the spotlights, to the actors, editors, narrators, those who write, to the screens which show the images of intrigues and emotions. To films as they were made at the moment they were made. To something that, although you can make a living from it, is not only a profession but also an irrational passion.