Pedro Almodóvar

24.09.1949, Calzada de Calatrava

 

Director
Almodóvar is a Spanish director and screenwriter. At sixteen, he moved to Madrid tyo study film. When he could not enroll into a school, (Franco had closed it), he went to work in the national telecommunication company as an administrative assistant. That was where he got most of his life education, where he met many different characters from the middle and working class, which he later vividly portrayed in his films. He has directed around twenty films. His first film that attracted critical attention was Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980), while others include Matador (1986), Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988), ˇÁtame! (1990), Tacones lejanos (1991), Kika (1993), Flor de mi secreto (1995), Carne trémula (1997), Todo sobre mi madre (1999), Hable con ella (2002), La mala educación (2004). Many of his films have won awards in multiple categories at leading film festivals around the world.

Filmography

Slomljeni zagrljaji (Los abrazos rotos, 2009)
Vraćam se (Volver, 2006)
Loš odgoj (La mala educación, 2004)
Pričaj s njom (Hable con ella, 2002)
Sve o mojoj majci (Todo sobre mi madre, 1999)
Živo meso (Carne trémula, 1997)
Cvijet moje tajne (La flor de mi secreto, 1995)
Kika (1993)
Visoke pete (Tacones lejanos, 1991)
Veži me! (¡Átame!, 1990)
Žene na rubu živčanog sloma (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, 1988)
Zakon želje (La ley del deseo, 1987)
Matador (1986)
Što sam učinila da sam zaslužila ovo?(¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!, 1984)
Mračne navike (Entre tinieblas, 1983)
Labirint strasti (Laberinto de pasiones, 1982)
Djevojke iz grupe (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, 1980)
Folle... folle... fólleme Tim! (1978)


Films by this director

The Live Flesh

(Carne trémula, Spain, 1997)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Affonso Beato
Synopsis:

One night in 1990 Madrid, three men break into the Italian ambassador’s house and steal weapons while the ambassador’s daughter, Elena, desperately waits on her drug dealer. The three men are Victor, who is an immature and problematic adolescent, and a pair of police officers, David and Sancho. During a violent fight, a gun goes off and shoots David in the spine. The police arrest Victor and he is sentenced to seven years in prison. David, who is a paraplegic now, becomes a famous wheelchair bas...

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Talk to Her

(Hable con ella, Spain, 2002)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Javier Aguirresarobe
Synopsis:

While visiting the hospital where his girlfriend lies in a coma, Marco (Darío Grandinetti) meets Benigno (Javier Cámara), a nurse who cares for another young woman in a coma with whom he is secretly in love. Marco and Benigno soon become friends. In 2003, this film won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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What Have I Done To Deserve This?

(Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto?, Spain, 1984)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ángel Luis Fernández
Synopsis:

This is a story about an atypical family: the mother is a janitor addicted to pills, the father is a forger in love with a German singer, one of the sons is a drug dealer, while the other is sold to a dentist by his own mother! After the mother accidentally kills her husband and a nightmare starts to unfold. This is a black comedy of absurdity.

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Dark Habits

(Entre tinieblas, Spain, 1983)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ángel Luis Fernández
Synopsis:

Yolanda, a singer in a night club, seeks refuge in a convent after her boyfriend dies from an overdose. Hiding from the police, she spends time hanging out with unusual nuns: one of them secretly writes romance novels, another has a pet tiger, a third one teaches a priest that she is in love with how to sew and the headmistress of the convent has feelings for Yolanda.

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To Return

(Volver, Spain, 2006)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: José Luis Alcaine
Synopsis:

Two sisters, Raimunda and Sole, along with Raimunda’s daughter Paula, travel to the country to visit their aunt Paula. She is the sister of their mother Irene, who died in a fire years ago. Paula talks about Irene as if she was alive and the sisters become worried that their aunt is senile. Aside from all of that, Raimunda has other problems to deal with, living in poverty with an alcoholic husband. After he attacks her, young Paula kills her father and Raimunda gets rid of the body. That same n...

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Bad Education

(La mala educación, Spain, 2004)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: José Luis Alcaine
Synopsis:

In the early 1960s, Enrique and Ignacio grow up in a Catholic school headed by father Manolo. The two boys discover films, love, friendship and fear. After Enrique is expelled from school, he meets Ignacio sixteen years later. Now Enrique is a famous director and Ignacio an actor under the assumed name Angel. He has a screenplay which he hopes Enrique will direct. A scene in the movie is dedicated to Sarita Montiel.

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

(Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, Spain, 1988)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: José Luis Alcaine
Synopsis:

Pepa’s lover has left her and she wants to kill herself. Her plan is to eat gazpacho in which she has put enough sleeping pills to ensure a painless and certain death. Soon, a friend shows up at her door because the police are after her and her boyfriend. Pepa wants to help her friend and asks advice of an attorney who is, purely by chance, the new lover of Pepa’s ex boyfriend.

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Kika

(Spain, 1993)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Alfredo Mayo
Synopsis:

Kika is a make-up artist who falls in love with her dead client, Ramon. By some miracle, her love brings him back to life. Pablo is an ex-porn star who has escaped from prison and hides in Kika’s apartment. His sister Juana is Kika’s maid. Then there is Ramon’s father Nicolas, host of a tabloid TV show. There are many schemes and secret relationships between all of them.

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The Flower of My Secret

(La flor de mi secreto, Spain, France, 1995)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Affonso Beato, Alfredo Mayo
Synopsis:

Leo Macías is a writer of cheap romance novels, unhappy with her real love life. Her husband works for the military and spends more time in peace-keeping missions around the world than in his own home, even though his wife is eager to see him. Things get even worse when Leo’s editor, who also has feelings for her, asks her to write a critique of the author Amanda Gris. However, that is Leo’s pseudonym.

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Broken Embraces

(Los abrazos rotos, Spain, 2009)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Rodrigo Prieto
Synopsis:

Harry Caine is a blind writer who spends most of his time in his apartment, accompanied by his agent Judith and her son Diego. Slowly we discover a past in which he used to be called Mateo Blanco who worked as a film director. We flash back to a time when he was preparing a new film starring Lena. Her obsessive husband, Ernesto Martel, disapproves of his wife’s career, fearing that he may lose her.

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Labyrinth of Passion

(Laberinto de pasiones, Spain, 1982)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ángel Luis Fernández
Synopsis:

This is an atypical love story about Sexilia, a nymphomaniac pop star, and Riza, the homosexual son of the emperor of Tiran. She goes to psychotherapy to overcome her addiction to sex and fear of the sun. Riza lives in Madrid hiding his identity from a group of terrorists who plan an attack on him. One evening he performs in a club as a punk rocker and meets Sexilia.

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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

(¡Átame!, Spain, 1989)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: José Luis Alcaine
Synopsis:

Ricky was recently released from a mental hospital and starts his quest for Marina, an actress and ex-porn star with whom he spent a night a long time ago. Ricky’s parents died when he was three and he has spent his life in foster homes and hospitals, but he imagines his future with Marina and their children. He just has to convince Marina to see the same thing…

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Julieta

(Spain, 2016)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jean-Claude Larrieu
Synopsis:

Sredovječna Julieta živi u Madridu sa svojom kćeri Antíom, koja baš kao i majka pati zbog smrti svog oca i Julietina supruga Xoana. No ni u ovom slučaju tuga neće zbližiti ljude, nego će Antíu udaljiti od majke, pa će djevojka s navršenih osamnaest godina bez riječi objašnjenja napustiti Julietu. A Julieta je Xoana upoznala tijekom vožnje u vlaku 1985. godine, da bi njezin odnos s njim osim snažnom ljubavlju bio obilježen i njegovim preljubništvom. Tijek...

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The Skin I Live In

(La piel que habito, Spain, 2011)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: José Luis Alcaine
Synopsis:

Markantni Robert Ledgard izuzetno je uspješan madridski estetski kirurg koji je usavršio tehniku zahvata korištenjem umjetne kože koja je čak i kvalitetnija od prave. Tu je kožu nazvao Gal prema imenu svoje pokojne i neprežaljene supruge, a njezinu primjenu dorađuje na nesretnoj Veri, ženi koju je zatočio uz svojoj raskošnoj kući i koju je kirurški transformirao u identičnu kopiju pokojnice. No njegova brižno čuvana tajna doći će u pitanje kad se kriminalac Zec...

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Matador

(Spain, 1986)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ángel Luis Fernández
Synopsis:

Plahi i povučeni Ángel Gimenez mladi je matador odgojen u skladu s ortodoksnim religijskim načelima, koji svom instruktoru borbe s bikovima Diegu Montesu nepromišljeno povjeri da je još uvijek nevin. Kada Diego posumnja da je Ángel gej, ovaj to odluči demantirati tako što će silovati Diegovu djevojku. No nakon što u tome ne uspije, Ángel neočekivano prizna da je upravo on počinitelj niza okrutnih ubojstava koji potresaju grad. Ali mladić ne zna da...

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All About My Mother

(Todo sobre mi madre, Spain, France, 1999)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Affonso Beato
Synopsis:

Sredovječna Manuela žena je u potpunosti posvećena podizanju svog sina Estebana. U jednoj bolnici u Madridu ona radi kao medicinska sestra, koordinatorica za transplantaciju organa, i samohrana je majka koja od Estebana krije istinu o njegovu ocu, transseksualcu imenom Lola. Tinejdžer Esteban je o Manueli napisao filmski scenarij naslovljen Sve o mojoj majci, a kad mladić navrši sedamnaest godina, na njegov rođendan on i majka odu u kazalište pogledati predstavu Tramvaj zvan žudnja...

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High Heels

(Tacones lejanos, Spain, France, 1991)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Alfredo Mayo
Synopsis:

Sredovječna Becky del Páramo velika je pjevačka zvijezda i glumica koja se nakon desetljeća i pol života i karijere u Meksiku vraća u Madrid, gdje planira održati koncert. Ondje ju dočeka njezina kći Rebecca, voditeljica televizijskog dnevnika udana za nešto starijeg Manuela Ginera, nekad jednog od brojnih majčinih ljubavnika. Dok Becky ponovo ulazi u kćerin svijet, pokušavajući s njom nadoknaditi propušteno vrijeme, Manuel će se ponovo zaljubiti u Becky te zbog veze...

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Law of Desire

(La ley del deseo, Spain, 1987)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ángel Luis Fernández
Synopsis:

Sredovječni Pablo Quintero i njegova sestra Tina imaju neobične i složene seksualne živote. Dok je Pablo ugledni filmski redatelj koji se bavi i kazalištem, uz to i deklarirani gej zaljubljen u svog mladog ljubavnika Juana Bermúdeza, Tina je transseksualka koju je ljubavnica napustila, ostavivši joj na skrb svoju desetogodišnju kći Adu. Pateći zbog toga što mu Juan ne uzvraća ljubav, Pablo na premijeri novog filma upozna mladog glumca Antonija Beníteza,...

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Pain and Glory

(Dolor y gloria, Spain, France, 2019)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
PHOTOGRAPHY: José Luis Alcaine
Synopsis:

Sredovječni Salvador Mallo ugledni je španjolski redatelj sklon rezignaciji te opterećen svakom vrstom boli, i onom stvarnom kao i metafizičkom, odnosno egzistencijalno-umjetničkom. Osim križobolje, koja mu je blokirala polovinu leđa, Mallo pati i od migrena, napadaja gušenja, Forestierova sindroma i još nekoliko manje ili više izraženih boljetica. Uz to ga muči i kreativna kriza, pa već dulje vrijeme ne režira niti je sposoban pisati, te se često prisjeća svog djetin...

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