Pedro Almodovar starts the buzz on Penelope Cruz in 2009

Posted by · 8:16 am · February 9th, 2009

Pedro Almodovar at the 75th Annual Academy AwardsWriting in the weekend’s New York Times Magazine, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar becomes one of the first to begin spitballing the efforts of an actress we’re likely to be talking about this time next year:

Last year she finally came into her own in America, as she had already done in the rest of the world. Penélope is one of the most versatile actresses with whom I’ve worked. And this season she has proved it, with two performances in very different keys: the hysterical, very funny painter in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and the young, neatly coiffed student in “Elegy.”

What will 2009 bring? For starters, “Broken Embraces,” a hard-nosed drama with the feel of a thriller, and Rob Marshall’s “Nine,” a remake of Fellini’s “8½.” My film is finished, and I’ve seen images from “Nine,” and I can tell you that this year Penélope Cruz will continue to plumb depths we haven’t seen before.

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  • 1 2-09-2009 at 10:53 am

    JAB said...

    that is a really creepy picture.

  • 2 2-09-2009 at 11:11 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I have a very good feeling about Cruz in “Broken Embraces.” Possibly not an Oscar gimme — but it looks like a film (and role) that could make an icon of her.

    If she loses this year, she could be the story of next year’s race.

  • 3 2-09-2009 at 12:18 pm

    actionman said...

    Her perf in VCB is the epitome of OVERRATED.

  • 4 2-09-2009 at 12:55 pm

    Sean said...

    She is overrated, especially in VCB. She will lose this year to Davis or Tomei

  • 5 2-09-2009 at 2:21 pm

    McAllister said...

    I think she’s good in VCB but the film is typical, overrated mediocre Woody Allen fare. Her performance in Volver, however, is wonderful. I won’t mind if she wins this year… but I wish it were for a better film/performance.

  • 6 2-10-2009 at 1:06 am

    BurmaShave said...

    actionman shut the hell up with your Vicky hate. It’s not some juggernaut you have to step in front of in righteous anger. She was sexy and hilarious in one of the more pleasant films of the year, no one is saying she’s Meryl Streep. The Academy loves rewarding the ladies in Woody Allen movies. Rock and roll. Deal with it.