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'Fish Tank' by Andrea Arnold dazzled, but Richard Curtis seemed to have lost his golden touch
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.
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.
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.
'I'm not posh – I lived in Glasgow'
Timothy Spall is a very fine actor, and a lovely man. Now he's broken into the Hollywood big league, but it hasn't changed him one bit. He still loves Mike Leigh, 'nice arms' and, most important of all, Rich Tea biscuits. Portrait by Eva Vermandel