Warner Bros. Takes Pedro Almodovar Room Next Door International Rights

Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up Pedro Almodóvar’s English-language feature debut, The Room Next Door, starring Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, and John Turturro, for multiple international territories, the studio announced Wednesday.

Warners will release the feature across much of Europe, including in Spain, Italy, Germany and the U.K., as well as across the Nordics, and Central and Eastern Europe excluding Poland. The studio will also bow the film Latin America and some Asian markets, including Japan.

Sony Pictures Classics has domestic rights The Room Next Door, the first English-language feature from the Oscar-winning Spanish director. It follows Almodóvar’s English-language shorts A Strange Way of Life (2023), a queer cowboy drama starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, and The Human Voice (2020), a loose adaptation of a Jean Cocteau play, also starring Swinton. SPC released both stateside, screening A Strange Way of Life and The Human Voice as a theatrical double bill in October last year.

In The Room Next Door Swinton plays Martha, a war reporter with a strained relationship to her daughter who seeks help from her friend Ingrid (Julianne Moore), an autofictional novelist. Alessandro Nivola, Juan Diego Botto, Raúl Arévalo, Melina Mathews and Victoria Luengo co-star.

The director has said the film “addresses the endless cruelty of war, the very different ways in which the two female authors approach and write about reality, death, friendship, and sexual pleasure as the best allies in the fight against horror.”

Produced by Almodóvar’s El Deseo, The Room Next Door was shot between Madrid and New York. The film is set to hit cinemas later this year.

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