He worked at many sporadic jobs, but he couldn’t buy his first Super-8mm camera until he got a “serious” job at the National Telephone Company of Spain in 1971. He worked there for twelve years as an administrative assistant. In the mornings, his job gave him an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish middle class at the start of the consumer era, with its dramas and its misfortunes, a real gold mine for a future storyteller. In the evenings, he wrote, loved, acted with the mythical independent theatre group Los Goliardos, made films in Super-8, collaborated with various underground magazines and he was a member of a parody punk-rock group, "Almodóvar & McNamara". He had the good fortune that his personal explosion coincided with the explosion of the democratic Madrid of the last seventies, early eighties. That was the period the world knew as la Movida.
After a year and a half of eventful shooting on 16mm, in 1980 he opened PEPI, LUCI, BOM, a no-budget film made as a cooperative effort with the rest of the crew and the cast, all beginners, except for Carmen Maura.
In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo with his brother Agustín. Their first project was LAW OF DESIRE. Since then, they have produced all the films that Pedro has written and directed, they have also produced other young directors.
2021 - PARALLEL MOTHERS, Feature
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
Written by: Pedro Almodóvar
Produced by: Agustín Almodóvar
Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine
Editing: Teresa Font
Production Design: Antxon Gómez
Costume Design: Paola Torres
Make-Up & Hair: Pablo Iglesias
Original Score: Alberto Iglesias
Sound: Sergio Bürmann
Visual Effects: Sonsoles Aranguren
Casting: Yolanda Serrano, Eva Leira
Cast: Penélope Cruz (Janis), Milena Smit (Ana), Aitana Sanchez-Gijon (Teresa), Israel Elejalde (Arturo)
Nominations and Awards
- European Actress 2022
- Feature Film Selection 2022