Chema de la Pena Takes Us ‘From Pedro to Almodovar’ with His Upcoming Biopic

While we all anxiously await the release of Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited—the follow up to 2011’s chilling and meticulous thriller, The Skin I Live In—Spanish filmmaker Chema de la Pena will be releasing his biopic From Pedro to Almodovar, reports Variety. Portraying the director’s early life, the film stems from an in-depth interview conducted with the director, who has become internationally acclaimed throughout the last thirty years for his experimental and brilliant mix of playful comedy and pop-art aesthetics with a somber and often eery sense of melodrama.

Covering the years 1968 to 1980, "From Pedro to Almodovar" chronicles his cinematic work from the premiere of his first 35mm short Pepi, Luci, Bom as well as the 12 Super-8 shorts that helped to establish his signature auteuristic traits. The documentary will also feature extracts from 1978’s Salome, a comic re-cast of the biblical Abraham-Isaac story with God pretending to be Salome." De la Pena told Variety, "What ‘From Pedro to Almodovar’ shows is Almodovar’s large creative drive, irreverent humor, love of melodrama and choral tales, and the importance of friends who were more convinced about his bright future than he was."  

Pena looks to give the film a five-city release, which hopefully includes New York. In the meantime, let’s listen to The Skin I Live in soundtrack—which I occasionally listen to whilst jogging and pretending Antonio Banderas is chasing me.

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