Pedro Almodovar

Almodóvar, Change in Spanish Cinema

Spanish cinema has reached international recognition the last two decades. There was also a time when a very good film was a modern film reference beyond the borders. In particular, Pedro Almodòvar created this.

It is true that the earlier films of Pedro Almodóvar have almost reached the category of icons of cinema, when you take a closer look at the entire filmography of this director. However, its development went towards an intimate, sentimental and refined cinema, which seems even more personal.

Almodóvar's early works ("Pepi, Luci, Bom" and "Labyrinth of Passion") were shooted during the times of the Madrid Movida, which certainly was part of history of our country in the 80s. This was a great merit of Almodóvar for the Spanish cinema: He showed a new form of modern cinema, which was very representative for the changes that took place during the transition period after Franco. Moreover, he was little understood and appreciated by the older generation exactly for this reason, but better understood and appreciated by the younger generation.

Subsequently Almodóvar has gone through several phases. As with any other artist, the personal development and the development of Spanish society have left its marks on his work. In his work there were groundbreaking elements (sometimes scandalous moments), always talking about aspects of sex, church, abuse and social groups that someone rarely brought onto the big screen that time.

Almodòvar has won two Oscars and two Golden Globes. He received both awards for his two major films: "All About My Mother" (1999) and "Talk to Her" (2002). In 1989, with the comedy "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" he was awarded with a nomination for an Oscar. This was an important nomination, because the Spanish cinema almost disappeared from the international stage at that time.