“Pedro (Almodovar) and I have been working with Michael (Barker), Tom (Bernard) and Marcie (Bloom) for many years now. First at Orion and now at Sony Pictures Classics. Even though El Deseo (Agustin and Pedro’s production shingle) is a very faithful company, this probably is our longest distribution partnership. They have released almost all Pedro’s films, from ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ (1988) onwards, as well as other films El Deseo has produced, including Isabel Coixet’s ‘My Life Without Me’ and Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Devil’s Backbone.’ They’re always among the first people we talk to once we’re ready to go to the market with Pedro’s projects.
“Pedro and I consider Michael, Tom and Marcie as our ambassadors in the U.S. They’ve been the best bridge to connect Pedro’s films with American audiences, which is a huge achievement considering that foreign films only represent 2% of the American market. We feel very lucky to be in their hands, their good taste in films has grown throughout the years.
“They’ve also become very close friends and are regularly in touch, even when there’s no film we are working on at the time. We value their opinion very much, so we always want to share their opinions on other films or the market situation, even when it’s not directly related, or even connected, to El Deseo’s films.”
Steady as she grows | Shrewd handling yields real profits | SPC mines foreign gold | Despite illness’ gloom, Bloom integral to company
The Stories Behind the Movies
“Capote” | “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” | “The Fog Of War” | “The Lives of Others” | “Rachel Getting Married” | “Run Lola Run”
Agustin Almodovar | Lone Scherfig