Pedro Almodovar: biography and latest news!

  • Job : actor, director
  • Sign : Libra
  • Date of birth : Wednesday 24 September 1952 (age : 68)
  • Country: Spain

Pedro Almodovar was born on September 24, 1949 in Calzada de Calatrava, in the province of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He is the eldest of his siblings, with one brother and two sisters. He was 8 years old when the family moved to Extremadura. The little boy was sent to Caceres, to different religious institutions where he received a strict education. His parents wanted him to become a priest. To escape from a difficult world, he took refuge in music, became passionate about singing and frequented movie theaters. Coming from a modest background, his father was a mule driver, Pedro decided at 18 to leave his family to try his luck in Madrid.

Pedro Almodovar worked at several small jobs before landing a job at the Spanish national company Telefonica. He worked in an office during the day, wrote short stories for the daily newspaper El Pais, and acted in an independent theater company. With his first wages, he bought a super 8 camera and shot his first short films. At the same time, he sang in a punk rock band and dressed up in burlesque to go on stage. At the end of the 70s, he met a young actress Carmen Maura, who became his muse and participated in all his first short films. In 1980, he chose her to become one of the heroines of his first film, Pepi, Luci, Bom.

His very whimsical universe makes him a marginal filmmaker. Despite the criticism, he chooses to continue in this way and with his favorite actress turns What have I done to deserve this (1984) then The Law of Desire (1986). Meanwhile, he discovered a young Spanish actor, Antonio Banderas, whom he directed in Matador (1985). The film is a great success and places the director on the international scene. He confirmed his talent in 1988 with Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and received the Goya for best film and best screenplay.

As a leading director of the Spanish Movida, he gained international recognition over the years. At the end of the 80s, he founded his own production company, El Deseo, with his brother Agustin. The actress Victoria Abril became a new muse for the director in the early 90s with Tie Me Up! and High Heels. In 1999, the film All About My Mother won prestigious awards; Oscar, Golden Globe, César and Bafta in the category of best foreign film. He tackles the theme of mourning again in Parle avec elle (2002) which is a great success at the French box office with more than 2 million tickets sold. In 2004, he evokes a part of his childhood in La mauvaise éducation. He reunited with the Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, whom he had directed at the end of the 1990s (In the flesh), and made her his leading lady in Volver (2006) and then Broken Embraces (2009). Faithful to his favorite actors, he offers a role to Antonio Banderas in the thriller La piel que habito in 2011. In May 2016, his film Julieta was presented in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

In May 2017, the director chairs the jury of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.