By Esther Zuckerman
January 05, 2015 at 03:03 PM EST
Jose Haro

Famed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar announced in an interview with the Financial Times that he is making a “return to the cinema of women” with his next film, titled Silencio. Almodóvar explained that the film is titled Silencio—the Spanish word for “silence”—”because that’s the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist.”

While the director’s last release was I’m So Excited! a comedy set on an airplane, which was not particularly well-received, he described Silencio as “a hard-hitting drama.”

Almodóvar told the FT that the film will shoot in April, but that the casting process has been challenging. “We are involved in casting at the moment, which is complicated because what I’ve written doesn’t quite work with my actores amigos,” he explained.

Almodóvar is known for his work with women in films like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Volver, and with Silencio he promises a homecoming to the realm of “of great female protagonists.”