Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers will close the 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF) on October 8 at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
Sony Pictures Classics will the film theatrically on December 24. Penélope Cruz and newcomer Milena Smit star in the drama about two women a generation apart who find themselves linked inextricably after they spend brief time together in a maternity ward. The film receives its world premiere in Venice.
Almodóvar said after 30 years NYFF had become “my second home”, adding, “It is the best reason to visit New York and to see the best films of the year.”
“Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s long relationship with the New York Film Festival spans more than three decades and a dozen films,” said New York Film Festival director Eugene Hernandez, who described the film as “a stirring and sombre exploration of secrets and hidden histories”.
NYFF runs September 24-October 10 and will open with Joel Coen’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth.