Arts and Entertainment Pedro Almodovar arriving at a gala screening of I'm So Excited at the Hackney Picture House, London.

Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar has revealed he is a keen flyer in spite of the problems featured in his new film I'm So Excited!

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A love letter to all aspects of movie-making, Pedro Almodovar's latest is also a heightened, noirish melodrama revolving around an affair between a director (Lluis Homar) and the star of his new film (Penélope Cruz), who also happens to be the mistress of that film's producer.

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After a run of world-class films that began 10 years ago with All about My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar has slightly taken his foot off the pedal here.

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It's been quite a week of celebrating the new Pedro Almodovar film, Broken Embraces. The Spanish director and his star, Penelope Cruz, arrived for a special screening of the film, in association with The Independent, followed by an on-stage interview at the BFI Southbank on Saturday night.

First Night: Broken Embraces, Cannes Film Festival

Pedro the perfectionist has lost the passion &ndash; and the plot too

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Despite being just the fourth female president of the jury in 62 years, actress Isabelle Huppert said this meant little to her, or to womankind. "I don't believe there are male and female forms of writing," said the recipient of two previous Cannes Best Actress awards, "Cinema is universal." But fellow juror and British writer Hanif Kureishi questioned the lack of diversity: "I'm not sure we have had a black or Asian [president] and I'm not sure when that will occur."

Penelope makes history for Spain

In Spain, Penelope Cruz’s award for best supporting actress was hailed as a national triumph. Her performance in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, as the unstable ex-wife of Javier Bardem’s sex-crazed character, makes her the first Spanish actress to win one of the Academy’s gold statuettes.

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They come over here, these American celebrities, and hijack our working-class pursuits. Brad Pitt has long been a fan of greyhound racing. Madonna's still fond, despite her recent marital difficulties, of wearing flat caps and drinking bitter. Even Barack Obama is rumoured to be following the fortunes of West Ham United.

Party of the Week: Cocktails for Woody's latest

A luminous Penelope Cruz, who had wowed the audience in a ruffled black dress at the screening of her latest film, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, may have gone home early and given the after-party a miss but Britain's film glitterati congregated to let their hair down nonetheless at the Sky Movies HD gala bash for the London Film Festival.

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