Composer Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Kite Runner, The Constant Gardener, Exodus: Gods and Kings) is reuniting with director Pedro Almodóvar on the upcoming Spanish drama Parallel Mothers (Madres paralelas). The film is written and directed by Almodóvar and stars Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Julieta Serrano and Rossy De Palma. The movie tells the story of two mothers – both single women who got pregnant by accident – who enter the same hospital ward to give birth. Agustín Almodóvar & Esther García (Wild Tales, The Secret Life of Words) are producing the El Deseo production. Iglesias has previously collaborated with Almodovar on all of the director’s movies (including All About My Mother, Volver Talk to Her, The Skin I Live In, Julieta and Pain & Glory) over the last two decades. Parallel Mothers will premiere on September 1 as the opening night film of 2021 Venice Film Festival and will be released in Spanish theaters on September 10, 2021. Sony Pictures Classics has picked up domestic distribution rights for a U.S. release on December 24, 2021.

Iglesias also has the Spanish drama Maixabel co-written and directed by Icíar Bollaín and starring Blanca Portillo, Luis Tosar & Bruno Sevilla coming up. The movie centers on a woman who decided to take a brave step towards coexistence and peace by agreeing to face the imprisoned ETA terrorist behind the murder of her husband. The film is set to be released in Spanish theaters on September 24.