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Pedro Almodóvar

  • Director Pedro Almodóvar directing Cecilia Roth and Penelope Cruz while filming «All About My Mother» © EL DESEO, D.A., S.L.U.

    Director Pedro Almodóvar directing Cecilia Roth and Penelope Cruz while filming «All About My Mother» © EL DESEO, D.A., S.L.U.






Date of birth

Sep 24, 1949

"Film director, scriptwriter and producer. One of the greatest exponents of Spanish cinema worldwide."

He was born in Calzada de Calatrava (Ciudad Real) in 1949. His first experiments with Super 8 led him to produce several short films from 1974 to 1979, in addition to his first feature film “Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Ordinary Girls” (1980). After titles such as “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” and “Matador”, in 1988 he released “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, which won numerous awards and became the best box-office debut in the US in 1989. With his production company, El Deseo S.A., he made several films in the 90s. His greatest box-office hits included “All About my Mother” and “Talk to Her”, which won Almodóvar his two Oscars, for best foreign language film and for best original screenplay respectively.


Goya Award for Best Original Screenplay (1988)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1998)
Prize for Best Director at the Cannes International Film Festival (1999)
Goya Award for Best Director (1999)
Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (1999)
National Film Award (1999)
Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (2002)
Goya Award for Best Director (2006)
Príncipe de Asturias Award for the Arts (2006)
BAFTA award for the best non-English language film (2012)
European Film Academy award (2013)
Jean Renoir Award from the Writers Guild of America (2015)
Goya Awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (2020)

Essential works

  • Poster. Talk to Her © EFE

    Talk to Her (direction, script)

    A story by Almodóvar, with two male lead roles, winner of many international awards.

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  • What Have I Done to Deserve This? © EFE

    What have i done to deserve this? (direction, script, interpretation)

    This comedy by Pedro Almodóvar combines surrealist humour and devastating moments, with a touch of film noir.

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  • All About My Mother ©EFE

    All About My Mother Europa (direction, script)

    Movie with which Pedro Almodóvar won, among other various awards, an Oscar and Golden Globe for the best film not in the English language. 

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  • Poster. Volver © EFE

    Volver (direction, script)

    Almodóvar has once again gained numerous awards and nominations for this mixture of comedy and drama on guilt and loneliness.

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  • A still from the film «Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown» by Pedro Almodóvar © EL DESEO, D.A., S.L.U.

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (direction, script)

    Pedro Almodóvar was nominated for his first Oscar for this entertaining and internationally successful comedy.

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Other highlighted works

  • Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Ordinary Girls
  • Labyrinth of Passion
  • Dark Habits
  • Matador
  • Law of Desire
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
  • High Heels
  • Kika
  • The Flower of My Secret
  • Live Flesh
  • Bad Education
  • Broken Embraces
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Fire in the Guts
  • Patty Diphusa and Other Stories
  • Dolor y Gloria

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