Sunday Shorts: ‘The Cannibalistic Councillor (La Concejala Antropofaga)’, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar

The Cannibalistic Councillor

Today’s film is the 2009 short La Concejala Antropofaga, also known as The Cannibalistic Councillor. The short stars Penelope Cruz, Marta Aledo, and Carmen Machi, with the latter two reprising their roles from the 2009 feature Broken Embraces, and is written and directed by Pedro Almodovar, under the pseudonyms Harry Caine and Mateo Blanco. Almodovar has been a respected filmmaker on the international stage for numerous decades, with features such as Volver and All About My Mother. His newest feature, I’m So Excited, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.

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By Deepayan Sengupta

There was once a time when I thought Scarface was the best movie ever made, and Home Improvement was appointment television for me. While I still have a soft spot for both, those days of naivete are long behind me, as I’ve subsequently managed to broaden my horizons. Ambition is the most important part of a movie for me; if it tries to do something unique, tell a well-worn story in a different way, or take on large themes in a honest manner, I can forgive many flaws. If there’s one movie fact I’ve learnt after all these years, it’s that Employee of The Month is to Office Space what fast food is to fresh fruit.

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