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Antonio Banderas film a triumph, but Cannes overshadowed by von Trier expulsion


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May 20, 2011/12.27


La piel que habito première at Cannes
La piel que habito press conference at Cannes
Stéphane Kossmann/Renault/Getty Images

Any report on the events of the 19th at the Festival de Cannes is overshadowed by the latest news that director Lars von Trier, director of Melancholia, had been expelled, labelled as persona non grata, after pro-Nazi comments. Von Trier has since apologized, but he is out of the running.
   Without that event, this report would have solely been about the new Pedro Almodóvar film, La piel que habito (The Skin I Live in), starring Antonio Banderas. It’s a much darker flick than Banderas’s other Cannes outing, the animated Puss in Boots.
   La piel que habito has lifted the competition at Cannes, with Almodóvar taking an unusual turn of creating a thriller–horror film, based on the novel Mygale (Tarantula in the UK), by Thierry Jonquet.
   Reviewers likened La piel que habito to a modern-day Frankenstein, though the original novel was considerably more complex than that.
   Almodóvar has managed to preserve many of the nuances of the original, and some critics consider Banderas’s performance his best.
   Celebrities attending the première included director Almodóvar, Banderas, Elena Anaya, Martina García, couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, Rossi de Palma, Zoé Félix, Carlos Bardem, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suarez, Jan Cornet, Spanish and former First Lady Anne-Aymone Giscard d’Estaing.
La piel que habito press conference at Cannes
La piel que habito press conference at Cannes
La piel que habito première at Cannes
La piel que habito première at Cannes
La piel que habito première at Cannes
La piel que habito première at Cannes
Stéphane Kossmann/Renault/Getty Images

La piel que habito première  at Cannes
Olivier Borde/Getty Images


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