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‘An Academy Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar’ in London; Plus Vote for your Favorite from the Spanish Auteur

'An Academy Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar' in London; Plus Vote for your Favorite from the Spanish Auteur

The Motion Picture Academy will celebrate the career of Pedro Almodóvar at an intimate invite-only retrospective at London’s Curzon Soho Cinema on December 13.

In addition to screening clips of his works, Almodovar will particupate in a conversation with Sir Christopher Frayling, alongside colleagues, family and friends such as Agustín Almodóvar, Stephen Frears, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alberto Iglesias, Peter Morgan, and Sally Potter. More on Almodovar’s works and trailers of his films below.

Almodóvar was a significant figure in La movida madrileña, the pop culture movement of late ’70s and early ’80s Madrid. He made his first feature-length film, “Pepi, Luci, Bom,” in 1980, but his breakthrough came in 1988 with the release of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, it brought him international recognition and virtually secured worldwide releases for his subsequent works. In 1999 Almodóvar’s “All about My Mother” won the Foreign Language Film Oscar, and in 2002 “Talk to Her” earned the filmmaker a Directing nomination as well as an Oscar for Original Screenplay. He has received numerous other accolades for films as diverse as “Live Flesh” (1997), “Bad Education” (2004), “Volver” (2006) and “The Skin I Live In” (2011).

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Matt Brennan

The favorite versus best distinction got me here (again). I need to re-watch 'All About My Mother,' as its been a while, but that, 'Women on the Verge,' and 'Talk to Her' are probably his most audacious, finely tuned films. I can't seem to relinquish 'Volver,' though, so it got my vote. Penelope Cruz's rendition of the titular song is one of those really gorgeous, perfect emotional moments you sometimes get in movies. That was enough to push it to the top of my list.

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