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Skin I Live In's Banderas Talks Almodovar Reunion, Betrayal

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2011 at 6:29AM

Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming The Skin I Live In, which debuted to mixed response at Cannes and stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, follows a haunted plastic surgeon as he experiments with synthetic skin on a mysterious woman (the trailer is posted below).
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Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming The Skin I Live In, which debuted to mixed response at Cannes and stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, follows a haunted plastic surgeon as he experiments with synthetic skin on a mysterious woman (the trailer is posted below).

This film marks a reunion between Banderas and Almodóvar. The actor made his breakthrough in Almodóvar’s films in the 1980s, but last worked with the Spanish director in 1990’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, and despite being offered a part in 1991’s Kika, he embarked on a Hollywood career. Banderas tells The New Yorker's Richard Brody that his reunion with Almodovar was as dramatic and tense as their films:

He had created me. I was in a way his thing. He saw my departure like a betrayal. He needed some time before he could forgive me.

Almodóvar's method differs from other directors who prefer to work with a set, if rotating, cast, writes Brody:

Fassbinder liked to work with a regular group of actors and technicians, he encouraged them to find their independence and make a career apart from him—and that it was they who felt rejected and betrayed by his unfamilial attitude.

The Skin I Live In will be screened at the New York Film Festival in October. Here is TOH's interview with Banderas, also pasted below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.