This year has already been a bounteous one for Pedro Pascal fans (or, everyone on the internet). It got off to a stellar start with The Last Of Us, before Din Djarin returned in The Mandalorian – and while both of those shows have wrapped up their latest seasons, there’s more Pascallian pleasures on the way. In fact, his next project teams him up with a fellow favourite Pedro – director Pedro Almodóvar, who teams Pascal up with Ethan Hawke in a Western short film titled Strange Way Of Life. The film – Almodóvar’s second short after the Tilda Swinton-starring The Human Voice – has released its first trailer, showing off a heightened melodramatic tone, some beautiful cinematography, and much romantic tension between Pascal and Hawke. Watch it here:
Sizzling drama, latent longing, colourful tailoring… this is an Almodóvar joint, alright. And it looks typically beautifully-constructed from the filmmaker, who’ll be debuting this one shortly at the Cannes film festival. Beyond that, Strange Way Of Life will receive a cinematic release in the UK, for you to take in those gorgeous visuals and scintillating performances on the big screen.
“Strange Way of Life” (”Extraña Forma de Vida”) is a short film by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. The film will be on selected theaters on May 26th and has a runtime of approximately 7 minutes.
The film tells the story of a man named Jorge who is having a conversation with his girlfriend in their apartment. Jorge is worried that he might be gay, and he tells his girlfriend about his feelings of attraction towards a man he saw on the street. His girlfriend initially dismisses his concerns, but then she becomes increasingly worried that Jorge might leave her for a man.
Throughout the film, Almodóvar explores themes of sexual identity and the complexities of relationships. “Strange Way of Life” is a short but powerful film that showcases Almodóvar’s unique style and his ability to capture complex emotions in just a few minutes of screen time.
Here’s the official synopsis: “A man rides a horse across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, both the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who rides out to meet him, worked together as hired gunmen. Silva visits him with the excuse of reuniting with his friend from his youth, and they do indeed celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their old friendship…”
Beyond that description, Almodóvar is keeping the twists and turns of the plot under wraps. “I must say no more so as not to give away all the surprises of the script,” he says. But he does open up a little on that title. “The strange way of life referred in the title alludes to the famous fado by Amalia Rodrigues, whose lyrics suggest that there is no stranger existence than the one that is lived by turning your back on your own desires.” If your desires include seeing Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke in an Almodóvarian Western romance-drama, you won’t have to turn your back on them for too much longer.
The film is produced by Agustín Almodóvar with Esther García as executive producer and Bárbara Peiró, Diego Pajuelo, and Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello as associate producers.
Further cast members alongside Hawke and Pascal include Pedro Casablanc, Manu Ríos, George Steane, José Condessa, Jason Fernández, Sara Sálamo, Ohiana Cueto, and Daniela Medina. The music is composed by Alberto Iglesias.
El ultimo sueño by Pedro Almodovar
The most personal book by Pedro Almodóvar: a self-portrait articulated in twelve stories that reveal his secret passion for writing.
Pedro Almodóvar’s most personal book: a self-portrait articulated in twelve tales that reveal his secret passion for writing.
“A book of findings. That Almodóvar was a writer, that I already knew. We just needed to find out since when. From an early age up until the day before yesterday, his narrative takes us by the hand through an astonishing forest. To be born backwards (at the end) and to live backwards is just one of his talents. There are more–moving forward like a streetcar (of desire) too. By reading these tales, one does not know if it is an invitation to his head or his soul. Either way, it is a gift. And a sweet intrusion.”Ray Loriga
You can get the audio here:
“This book is the closest thing to a fragmented autobiography… The reader will obtain great insight about me as a filmmaker, as a storyteller, and in the way my life makes one thing, and all others mix.”
And add this into your library:
This is how the author defines this volume in a brilliant introduction that also sets a perspective: the twelve tales that comprise it encompass several eras, from the late sixties to date, all of them reflecting some of his most intimate obsessions, as well as his evolution as an artist. His dark school years, the influence of fiction in his life, the unexpected effects of chance, the sophistication of humor, the downside of fame, his fascination with books, and his experimentation with different narrative genres are some of the themes that inhabit this indispensable book, with a multilayered interpretation.
How can the film have been released in 1983? That’s what the article says under the image of the film poster
Thank you! Its edited! 🤭
It looks very interesting.
Oh totally. You should get a ticket 🎟️