Pedro Almodovar

"Cinema has become my life. I don't mean a parallel world, I mean my life itself. I sometimes have the impression that the daily reality is simply there to provide material for my next film."  Pedro Almodóvar

This intimate retrospective celebrated the groundbreaking career of director, writer, producer and fabulador, Pedro Almodóvar, whose vivid films reflect the dynamic shift in Spanish culture that resulted from the end of Franco’s dictatorship.

Almodóvar was a significant figure in La movida madrileña, the pop culture movement of late '70s and early ‘80s Madrid. He made his first feature-length film,"Pepi, Luci, Bom," in 1980, but his breakthrough came in 1988 with the releas e of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, it brought him international recognition and worldwide releases for his subsequent films. His film "All about My Mother" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999, and Almodóvar went on to win the Oscar for Original Screenplay in 2002 for "Talk to Her," for which he also received a Directing nomination. He has earned numerous other awards and nominations for films as diverse as "Live Flesh" (1997), "Bad Education" (2004), "Volver" (2006) and "The Skin I Live In" (2011).

During this evening, sequences from many of his films demonstrated the breadth of Almodóvar's artistic explorations, his passionate engagement with the human heart, and a worldview often articulated by powerful female leads.

Friends, colleagues and family members, including Agustín Almodóvar, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alberto Iglesias, Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan, came together to reflect on Almodóvar’s much-loved sense of imagination. A Q&A with the filmmaker himself topped off the evening.

Event Information

Thursday, 13 December 2012
The Curzon Soho Cinema