Wild fantasias, religious fables, and salutes to artifice stole the thunder from realistic dramas at the 37th New York Film Festival, and that's not even counting the Japanese animated spectacular Princess Mononoke.

Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother, which opened the festival on September 24, is another of the Spanish director's tributes to the resilience and magic of women in general and actresses in particular. Splashed with the customary Almodovar pop colors by the design team

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