Pedro Almodóvar is one of cinema’s considerably celebrated contemporary filmmakers. He has Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay for the comedy All About My Mother (1999) and the drama Talk To Her (2002), plus five BAFTA Awards, six European Film Awards, two Golden Globes, and six Goya Awards (the Spanish version of the Oscars).
”It costs a lot to be authentic. And one can’t be stingy with these things because you are more authentic the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of being.”
Almodóvar is a champion of the mistreated and marginalized. It is a role he excels in, although he is wary of being typecast because of his sexuality. Still, those 1980s films are classics of Queer Cinema, although Almodóvar has always refused to be categorized specifically as a gay filmmaker:
”Did people ask Hitchcock if he made fat films? No one talks about the heterosexual President of the United States, so why should they call me a gay director?”
By pushing boundaries and ripping apart clichés, Almodóvar has brought real clout to LGBTQ Rights causes in Europe. Much loved in his own country, his films have helped Spain become a more tolerant and liberal nation after decades of repression and fascism.