The 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival will open with the Australian Premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s newest comedy, I’m So Excited! (Los Amantes Pasajeros!). The Opening Night screening will take place at Hamer Hall, and will mark the first day of the 2013 Festival.
I’m So Excited! (Los Amantes Pasajeros!) follows the story of a Mexico-bound flight that runs into trouble when its landing gear malfunctions, and is put in a holding pattern. On board, the flamboyant cabin crew deal with the situation by drugging economy class to sleep and breaking out the tequila and mescaline in business class, where the passengers include a virgin psychic, a dominatrix, a soap star and a corrupt banker.
Almodóvar’s newest effort features cameo appearances by Penélope Cruz (Volver) and Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In), alongside other previous Almodóvar collaborators Antonio de la Torre (Volver), Javier Cámara (Talk To Her, Bad Education) and Lola Dueñas (Volver, Talk To Her).
Alongside the announcement of I’m So Excited! (Los Amantes Pasajeros!), MIFF has also already revealed its First Glance and Next Gen programs. Readers won’t have to wait long for more titles, however, with films from Cannes to be announced on 17 June followed by the launch of the full MIFF program on 2 July.