Pedro Almodóvar

Almodóvar in 2018 Pedro Almodóvar Caballero (; born 25 September 1949) is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and author. His films are marked by melodrama, irreverent humour, bold colour, glossy décor, quotations from popular culture, and complex narratives. Desire, LGBT issues, passion, family, motherhood, and identity are among Almodóvar's most prevalent subjects in his films. Acclaimed as one of the most internationally successful Spanish filmmakers, Almodóvar and his films have gained worldwide interest and developed a cult following.

Almodóvar's career developed during La Movida Madrileña, a cultural renaissance that followed the end of Francoist Spain. His early films characterised the sense of sexual and political freedom of the period. In 1986, he established his own film production company, El Deseo, with his younger brother Agustín Almodóvar, who has been responsible for producing all of his films since ''Law of Desire'' (1987). His breakthrough film was ''Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'' (1988), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

He achieved further success often collaborating with actors Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz. He directed ''Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!'' (1989), ''High Heels'' (1991), and ''Live Flesh'' (1997). Almodóvar's next two films, ''All About My Mother'' (1999) and ''Talk to Her'' (2002), earned him an Academy Award each for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay, respectively. He continued to garner acclaim with his later films ''Volver'' (2006), ''Broken Embraces'' (2009), ''The Skin I Live In'' (2011), ''Julieta'' (2016), ''Pain and Glory'' (2019), and ''Parallel Mothers'' (2021). He is also known for directing several short films including ''The Human Voice'' (2020), and ''Strange Way of Life'' (2023) Almodóvar has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, five BAFTA Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and nine Goya Awards. He has received the French Legion of Honour in 1997, the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts in 1999, the European Film Academy Achievement in World Cinema Award in 2013, and the Golden Lion in 2019. He has also received honorary doctoral degrees from Harvard University in 2009 and from the University of Oxford in 2016. Provided by Wikipedia
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