Colorful Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar is set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement, a prize that honors an international writer who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter.
That can certainly be said of the iconic writer/director of such visionary masterworks as “Talk to Her,” “Bad Education,” “All About My Mother” and 1988 breakout “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Recently, on the heels of announcing next film “Silencio,” Almodóvar revealed that he turned down the chance to direct “Brokeback Mountain” because it would’ve meant making Hollywood-friendly alterations.
He’s the kind of subversive international filmmaker who’s used to only answering to himself—and to his brother and coproducer Agustín Almodóvar, with whom he founded El Deseo. Along with most of Almodóvar’s films dating back to 1987, the production company recently helmed Argentine Oscar submission “Wild Tales” from director Damián Szifrón. Almodóvar’s last directorial feature was 2013’s ribald, airborne sex comedy “I’m So Excited!”
Almodóvar will be honored at the WGAW’s 2015 Writers Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 14.