Pedro Almodóvar
Nico Bustos for Variety
Spain
2020

El Deseo

Pedro
Almodóvar

Rolling off his awards-contending “Pain and Glory,” which earned Antonio Banderas a best actor nod at Cannes in 2019 and swept the top prizes at the Goya Awards, Almodóvar is having a prolific year in spite of the pandemic. The Spanish master started shooting a short film adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s “The Human Voice” with Tilda Swinton, and he’ll reteam with his favorite female lead, Penélope Cruz, for the Madrid-set drama “Parallel Mothers,” now in pre-production. Almodóvar has been working closely with younger brother Agustín through El Deseo, the thriving prodco they founded. Venice honored Almodóvar in 2019 with a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement, recognizing his status as one of the world’s great auteurs, someone clearly still capable of opening a movie on the strength of his name alone.

Career

  • VOLVER
  • WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
  • PAIN AND GLORY

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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For most of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” —another release from the prodco he founded with younger brother Augustin and co-starring his go-to Penélope Cruz — was frontrunner for the Palme d’Or, a prize he nearly won in 2007 with “Volver.” It didn’t happen, but this latest film was almost universally praised as a beautifully directed, thinly veiled account of his own life, including the influence of his mother, his younger days in Spain’s Movida Madrileña,...

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