Pedro Almodovar is a Spanish director, screenwriter, producer, and former actor who gained fame for his black comedy-drama 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' (1988), which earned him an 'Academy Award' nomination for 'Best Foreign Language Film'. It was followed by several successful movies including the dark romantic-comedy 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' (1990), the melodrama 'High Heels' (1991), and romantic-thriller 'Live Flesh' (1997).
His 1999 film 'All About My Mother' won another 'Academy Award' for 'Best Foreign Language Film', and his next film, 'Talk to Her' (2002), won one for 'Best Original Screenplay'. Four of the recent Pedro Almodovar films – the drama 'Volver' (2006), the romantic-thriller 'Broken Embraces' (2009), the psychological-thriller 'The Skin I Live In' (2011) and the drama 'Julieta' (2016) – competed for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
He considers ‘Matador’ and ‘Kika’ to be two of his weakest films.
Benigno, a male nurse who fell in love with Alicia after seeing her dance, becomes her caregiver after she ends up in coma following a car accident. When journalist Marco comes to the hospital with his comatose girlfriend, bullfighter Lydia, the two men bond and Benigno encourages Marco to talk to Lydia like he does to Alicia.
The story focuses on an Argentine nurse, overseeing donor organ transplants in a Madrid hospital. Also single mother, she loses her only son in a road accident and after donating his heart, moves to Barcelona to find her son’s father, a transgender woman. Winner of multiple awards, the film successfully deals in such complex issues like homosexuality, transsexualism, AIDs and faith.
As known as The Skin I Live In is a psychological thriller that revolves around the life of a young woman named Vera. She has been held captive and experimented on by plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard who has developed an artificial skin resistant to burns. The revelation of Vera’s true identity leads to Robert’s eventual downfall.
The movie revolves around the lives of sisters Raimunda and Sole, who live in Madrid after losing their parents in a fire three years ago. Raimunda goes to absurd lengths to protect her daughter after Paula murders her would-be rapist and her mother Irene returns from the dead to fix the family.
This Spanish comedy drama film tells the story of a television actress, who is left by her lover without any apparent reason. She embarks on a journey to find out why, but on her way, she comes across multiple eccentric characters.
My Life Without Me is a romantic drama film which tells the story of a hard-working mother who discovers that she is having terminal ovarian cancer and has only two months to live. She decides not to let her family know, in order to live her remaining days happily.
After his father’s death in Spanish Civil War, 12-year-old Carlos is sent to a remote orphanage, Santa Lucia School. Though head-mistress Carmen and kind professor Casares are considerate, he has difficulties with hostile caretaker Jacinto. Not very comfortable in that place, Carlos encounters Santi, ghost of a missing former occupant who keeps badgering Carlos. Gradually Carlos unearths many secrets of the orphanage.
An aspiring actor, Ignacio Rodriguez, brings a semi-autobiographical manuscript to old school friend, filmmaker Enrique Guded, who is reminded of their days at St. John’s Catholic School, their first sexual experience with each other followed by Enrique being expelled by Principle Father Manolo while Ignacio gets victimized. But as Ignacio is now a totally changed person, Enrique needs to find out facts.
Victor goes to meet Elena for a date; however Elena is uninterested. They soon get into an argument which eventually results in Elena accidentally shooting a policeman named David.
Death of millionaire Ernesto Martel sets off Harry Caine, a blind writer and former film director, on a trip down memory lane. The Spanish romantic-thriller was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Golden Globe Awards and serves as a tribute to filmmaking and cinema.
This dark comedy romance film tells us the story of Ricky, who has just been released from a mental institution. He tries to reunite with the love of his life, Marina, an actress. Things get very problematic when he finds out that Marina doesn’t remember who he is, as they had met only for a while during her years as a junkie and a porn star.
When a Spanish flight headed for Mexico faces technical difficulties, and it appears that there is no escape, the crew decides to drug every person in the economy class, and try to cheer the small group of passengers in the business class.
Salomé is a 1978 Spanish short film directed by Pedro Almodovar, which is a retelling of the Biblical tale of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son.
Pedro Almodovar Awards
|Hable con ella||Best Writing, Original Screenplay||2003|
|La piel que habito||Best Film Not in the English Language||2012|
|Hable con ella||Best Screenplay - Original||2003|
|Hable con ella||Best Film not in the English Language||2003|
|Todo sobre mi madre||Best Film not in the English Language||2000|