When Pedro Almodóvar said he was returning to his comedic roots for the airplane-set I’m So Excited, he wasn’t kidding. The first teaser has arrived today for his The Skin I Live In follow-up and it seems to be polar opposite terrority from that body thriller. Here we follow a group of passengers who start to open up with their secrets as their plane may be crashing and in this first tease, a number of them break out into song.

The cast features many alumni of the director, including Javier Cámara (Talk to Her), Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother),Lola Dueñas (VolverJosé María Yazpik (The Burning Plain)Carlos Areces (Extraterrestrial), and Raúl ArévaloAntonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, and Paz Vega will make cameo appearances. Check out the teaser and poster below, along with more explanation on the project straight from the director.

“The ‘passengers love’ tells the story of a group of people trapped in a single set, and disconnected from the outside. Writing the script began as a whim and ended up comedian as an ensemble comedy, moral, oral and unreal, or unrealistic. I tried to leave reality aside, but sometimes reality is strained without you noticing. I have had no conscious film reference during pregnancy, is more present theater, even television, and my claustrophobia, than film. I am of such directors to which television influences them but not see it. I am appalled and yet I love the new narrative television.

In any case, the word is the main character. I have always confessed that my vocation was to become a great novelist, and I exercised while waiting for when the time came I wrote a lot of scripts, but over time I’ve become a great novelist, not even a novelist, I guess in recent scripts is where most perceived nostalgia for fictional narrative, but I wrote ‘Lovers passengers’ from another nostalgia, theater. My films owe much to the theater, are filled with scenes of two monologues indisimulados [?] sometimes. In this [film] there are more characters than usual but less space than ever. There have been several films about a group trapped, you can not leave where you are, (and the TV is full of competition and survival claustrophobic) from Luis Bunuel‘s ‘The Exterminating Angel,’ to ‘Buried‘ by Rodrigo Cortez [sic] where everything happens in the smallest space imaginable, a coffin.”

Expect I’m So Excited to hit Cannes before a 2013 release via Sony Pictures Classics.

What do you think of this first look?

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