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Fri, Jan 10, 2020 - Sun, Jan 12, 2020
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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Recent Spanish Cinema

Pedro Almodóvar never tires of producing complex characters who collide with a mad world. Brought up in Franco's Spain, Almodóvar was educated at a Catholic boarding school in the hope that he would one day join the clergy. Enraptured by the films of Luis Buñuel, he instead moved to Madrid as a young man and taught himself to make Super-8 films while working at a phone company.

With PEPI, LUCI, BOM, Almodóvar began writing and directing feature films that challenged societal norms with their frank depictions of sexuality. In MATADOR, Almodóvar cast Antonio Banderas as Ángel, a young man drawn into the gory game of a bullfighter and a lawyer (Nacho Martínez and Assumpta Serna) who kill for pleasure. With THE LAW OF DESIRE, Almodóvar explored the love triangle of gay filmmaker Pablo (Eusebio Poncela), the young man who stalks him (Banderas) and Pablo’s transsexual sister, Tina (Carmen Maura), whose past hides an incestuous secret.

1987’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN launched Almodóvar into global prominence. Centered on a suicidal actress whose plans are derailed by unexpected house guests, the black comedy became a hit in the United States and brought Almodóvar his first nomination for the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film. A decade later, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER won that award with its poignant tale of Manuela (Cecilia Roth), who seeks out her transgender former partner after their son is killed on his 17th birthday.

The new millennium found Almodóvar just as keen on examining the bonds that join us. In TALK TO HER, a series of flashbacks illuminates the interwoven tales of two men who care for the comatose women they love. Inspired by Almodóvar’s boarding-school days and early love affair with cinema, BAD EDUCATION captures the reunion of boyhood friends who endeavor to adapt a true-life story of abuse for the screen.

Rounding out the American Cinematheque’s tribute to Pedro Almodóvar is the auteur’s latest acclaimed work, PAIN AND GLORY. This deeply personal work brings Almodóvar and Banderas together once more to depict the life of a filmmaker in crisis. Nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the film mines the depths of its maker’s life and work, finding the wonderment of childhood, the desire of youth and the heartache inflicted by love and success.

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by Adrien Verus.

We are thrilled to welcome director Pedro Almodóvar to the Aero Theatre!
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Director Pedro Almodóvar In Person!
Fri, Jan 10, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Jan 11, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Jan 12, 2020 - 7:30pm
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