With ‘Strange Way of Life’ Pedro Almodóvar Returns to Cannes

Pedro Almodóvar will return to the steps of the Palais des Festivals to present ‘Strange Way of Life’ with Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal, Anthony Vaccarello, Manu Ríos, Jason Fernández, José Condessa and George Steane by his side. The short film will compete in the World Competition, Shot in the South of Spain, the music is composed by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias.

In Pedro Almodóvar’s own word’s the story follows as 

“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….

I must say no more so as not to give away all the surprises of the script.

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.”

In 1999, Pedro Almodóvar won the Best Director award for All About My Mother at the Cannes Film Festival. And most recently in 2019, he presented the very personal Pain and Glory in which Antonio Banderas’ deeply moving performance earned him the Best Actor award from the Jury chaired by Alejandro González Iñárritu, crowning one of the most beautiful collaborations in the history of cinema.

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