I'M SO EXCITED!
PEDRO ALMODOVAR was born in Calzada de Calatrava, province of Ciudad Real, in the heart of La Mancha, in the
50s. When he was eight, he emigrated with his family to Estremadura. There he studied for his
elementary and high school diplomas respectively with the Salesian Fathers and the Franciscans.
At seventeen, he left home and moved to Madrid, with no money and no job, but with a very
specific project in mind: to study cinema and direct films. It was impossible to enrol in the
Official Film School because Franco had just closed it. Despite the dictatorship that was
suffocating the country, for an adolescent from the provinces Madrid represented culture,
independence and freedom. He worked at many, sporadic jobs but couldn't buy his first Super-
8mm camera until he got a "serious" job at the National Telephone Company of Spain in 1971.
He worked there for twelve years as an administrative assistant, he shared this job in the
mornings with other multiple activities which provided his real training as a filmmaker and as a
In the mornings, in the Telephone Company, he got an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish
middle class at the start of the consumer era, the seventies, its dramas and its misfortunes, a real
gold mine for a future story teller. In the evenings and nights, he wrote, loved, acted with the
mythical independent theatre group Los Goliardos and made films in Super-8 (his only school as
a filmmaker). He collaborated with various underground magazines and wrote stories, some of
which were published. He was a member of a parodic punk-rock group, Almodovar and
McNamara, etc. And he had the good fortune that his personal explosion coincided with the
explosion of the democratic Madrid of the last seventies, early eighties. That was the period the
world knew as La Movida.
His films are the heirs and the witnesses of the brand new born Spanish democracy. After a year
and a half of eventful shooting on 16mm, in 1980 he opened "Pepi, Luci, Bom", a no-budget
film made as a cooperative effort with the rest of the crew and the cast, all beginners, except for
In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo S.A. with his brother Agustin. Their first
project was "Law of Desire". Since then, they have produced all the films that Pedro has written
and directed, and have also produced other young directors.
In 1988, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" brought him international recognition.
Since then, his films have opened all around the world. With "All About my Mother" he won his
first Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and also the Golden Globe, the Cesar, 3 European
Film Awards, the David de Donatello, 2 BAFTAs, 7 Goyas and 45 other awards. Three years
later, "Talk to Her" had the same or better fortune (Academy Award for Best Script, 5 European
Film Awards, 2 BAFTAs, the Nastro de Argento, the Cesar and many other awards throughout
the world but not in Spain).
He produced four very special films, highly rated throughout the world for their valour and
delicacy ("My Life Without Me", "The Holy Girl", "The Secret Life of Words" and "The
Headless Woman", by Isabel Coixet and Lucrecia Martel alternatively).
In 2004, "Bad Education" was chosen to open the Cannes Festival. It received extraordinary
reviews throughout the world. It was nominated for numerous awards (Independent Spirit
Awards, BAFTAs, Cesar, European Film Awards) and won the prestigious Award for Best
Foreign Film given by the New York Critics' Circle and also the Nastro de Argento.
In 2006 he is awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award to the Arts. That very same year he
presents "Volver" in competition in the Cannes Film Festival, where it got the Best Screenplay. The film received 5 EFA awards, 5 Goya awards, the Fipresci award, the National Board
of Review, and many others (up to 72). Up to
now, "Volver" has been his most popular film in terms of box office.
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