Rendez-vous with… Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar © Loïc Venance / AFP

The “Rendez-vous with…” are opportunities for the artists and Festival-goers to meet, so that they can hear great film personalities from around the world speak and share their vision. These are rare moments of sharing, transmission, and emotion for cinephiles.

For this 76th edition, the Festival is particularly pleased to welcome Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar to speak and share his experiences. Before the rendez-vous, the world premiere ofhis last film, Extraña forma de vida (Strange Way of Life) will take place with Ethan Hawke in attendance.

Born in the heart of La Mancha in the 1950s, Pedro Almodóvar moved to Madrid when he was seventeen in order to study cinema and direct films.There, he worked with the independent theatre group Los Goliardos, made short films, collaborated with various underground magazines, wrote, and formed the parodic punk-rock group, “Almodóvar and McNamara.” His personal revolution coincided with the democratic revolution in Madrid, a mythic period known as La Movida, and from his very first film, Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom), made in 1980, he bears witness to all the vitality, plurality, and emancipation that characterised post-Francoist Spain. In 1986, he founded the El Deseo production company with his brother Agustín Almodóvar, and their first project, La ley del deseo (Law of Desire), was released in 1987. It was with Mujeres al borde de un ataque de “nervios” (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) in 1988 that he became known to the general public. Directing a resolutely sensitive style of cinema, he invites the audience from the very beginning to question universal themes such as love, desire, childhood, and motherhood. He placed women at the centre of this work, thus demonstrating all his passion for those whom he grew up with and admired so much. With Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) in 1999, he won the Best Director Award at the Festival de Cannes as well as his first Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. His success continued in 2002 with Hable con ella (Talk to Her), which won him numerous awards, including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In 2004, La mala educación (Bad Education) was screened after the opening ceremony, a first for a Spanish film. Pedro Almódovar then received the award for Best Screenplay in 2006 for Volver, selected In Competition. As President of the Jury in 2017, he awarded the Palme d’Or to The Square directed by Ruben Östlund. Two years later, he presented the very personal Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory) in which the overwhelming performance by Antonio Banderas merited the actor the Best Actor award, which was presented by the Jury of Alejandro González Iñárritu, thus crowning one of the greatest collaborations in the history of cinema.

Rendez-vous with... Pedro Almodóvar

Wednesday 17 May at 15h00 – Debussy Theatre

The Masterclass will be preceded by the world premier of Extraña forma de vida (Strange Way of Life) , with the director and Ethan Hawke in attendance.

The films of Pedro Almodóvarat the Festival de Cannes


(STRANGE WAY OF LIFE) Pedro ALMODÓVARSpecial Screenings, 2023


(PAIN AND GLORY) Pedro ALMODÓVARIn Competition - Feature Films, 2019
2019 Award for Best Actor


Pedro ALMODÓVARIn Competition - Feature Films, 2016


(THE SKIN I LIVE IN) Pedro ALMODÓVARIn Competition - Feature Films, 2011
2011 Vulcain Prize for an artist technician, awarded by the C.S.T.


(BROKEN EMBRACES) Pedro ALMODÓVARIn Competition - Feature Films, 2009


Pedro ALMODÓVARIn Competition - Feature Films, 2006
2006 Award for Best Screenplay 2006 Award for Best Actress (Ex-Aequo)


(BAD EDUCATION) Pedro ALMODÓVAROut of Competition, 2004


Pedro ALMODÓVARIn Competition - Feature Films, 1999
1999 Award for Best Director

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