Presented in conjunction with the exhibition 'Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado' at QAG
'Cinema is an irrational passion. All my cinema is impregnated with cinema. The experience of seeing a film forms part of my biography.' Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most celebrated and charismatic figures in contemporary Spanish cinema. For more than 30 years, Almodóvar has created a unique blend of melodrama, suspense, black humour and visceral emotion, writing and directing films that deal with excess, passion and the complexity of family and identity. Central to his films are his fascinations with the disenfranchised, with the roles adopted by women (in particular the figure of the housewife), and exploring the nexus between religion, love and sexuality. Simultaneously flamboyant, humorous and deeply earnest, Almodóvar's films contain some of the most memorable stories and characters in international cinema.
After a provincial upbringing, Almodóvar began his career in the mid-1970s, during the period of Spain's transition to democracy and amid Madrid's vanguard underground cultural movement known as 'La Movida'. His provocative early films and his involvement with punk music and publishing helped to mark his early work with a distinctive sense of personal and social liberation, which carried him on to international acclaim.
This program would not have been possible without the assistance of our Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film partners. Special thanks to National Film and Sound Archive Australia; British Film Institute; Instituto de la cinematografía y de las artes audiovisuales (ICCA) and the Embassy of Spain in Australia. Program curated by José Da Silva, Australian Cinémathèque. Film notes are abridged; sources are indicated.
List of Works
Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom) 1980
Laberinto de pasiones (Labyrinth of Passion) 1982
Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) 1983
¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! (What Have I Done to Deserve This?) 1984
La ley del deseo (Law of Desire) 1987
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) 1988
Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) 1990
Tacones lejanos (High Heels) 1991
La flor de mi secreto (The Flower of my Secret) 1995