The Spanish director whose work is often considered emblematic of the cultural energy prompted by post-Franco democracy, will be an honorary guest at the 26th European Film Awards Ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin.
Almodovar, whose background is in offbeat theatre, Super-8-filmmaking, and underground magazines, started his film career with “Pepi, Luci, Bom,” shot in 16mm in 1980 with a largely amateur cast, except for Carmen Maura.
In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo S.A. with his brother Agustin. Their first project was “Law of Desire.” Since then, the shingle has produced all of Almodovar’s films and also works by other young directors.
In 1988, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” brought Almodovar big international recognition and the Best Young Film award at the first European Film Awards, first of many major nods, including the best foreign-language film Oscar in 2000 for “All About My Mother.”
Almodovar said in a statement: “I am very thankful for this award. From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award.”
From the 1990s onwards Almodovar went on to direct many highly praised features including “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1990); “Live Flesh” (1997); “All About My Mother” (1999); “Talk to Her” (2002); “Bad Education” (2004); “Volver” (2006); “The Skin I Live In” (2011); and “I’m So Excited!” (2013).
The EFA pointed out that Almodovar’s works “have played an important role in shaping the way we see not only Spain, but also European cinema itself.”