Pedro Almodóvar opens a room at the Museum of the Oscars; Hollywood hails it


Just two days after the US has reopened the borders, Pedro Almodovar go back to a Hollywood that is full of praise for his latest film “Parallel Mothers” and that has made him the protagonist of one of the rooms of the brand new Museum of the Oscars.

“They were very generous thinking of me, I was very impressed”

“It is a strange sensation, for the first time I felt that it was part of popular culture. Being inside a museum of this size …”, says the Spanish filmmaker in Los Angeles, where in addition to promoting his film he has visited the tribute that he has dedicated the Hollywood Academy to him.

The imposing museum of the institution in charge of presenting the Oscars opened in September and chose Almodóvar to design a space dedicated to his filmography.

After receiving the commission, the manchego decided to reflect on his films, “to make the images of one and the other dialogue with each other,” he says.

Pedro Almodóvar: the room

The room, set in a recognizable ‘Almodovarian’ style, shows twelve audiovisual montages on the themes that have guided the work of the manchego: the “noir”, the waning lover, bodies, religious education, guilt and pain, musicals, comedy, Bergman and melodrama, sex and desire, mothers, Müller coffee and family.

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar in Los Angeles, Califonia. EFE / A. ARORIZO

“They are put on these huge screens, which I love,” he says of a room that functions as a staging of the filmmaker’s mind.

No other director has such a large (and personal) space in the more than 28 thousand square meters that the building designed by Renzo Piano occupies to house a museum that aspires to be a world reference.

They were very generous thinking of me, I was very impressed“, resume Almodóvar.

Pedro Almodóvar: his filmography in a book

Later, in April 2022, the Academy will publish a book on the filmography of Spanish, which will include writings from his brother and producer, Agustín Almodóvar, and Tilda Swinton, star of “La Voz Humana”, among others.

According to Raúl Guzmán, one of the center’s curators, the fascination that Hollywood feels for Almodóvar is as valid now as it was in the late 1980s, when “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” gave him his first Oscar nomination. There is no expiration date for “Almodovarian”.

“Few filmmakers can have adjectives with their name,” Guzmán concludes.

Almodóvar: “Parallel Mothers” begins his career at the Oscars

Proof of the good publicity that the Spanish receives on the other side of the Atlantic is that “Parallel Mothers”, his film number 22, remains a firm contender for the Oscar, despite the fact that this year it is not the candidate of the Film Academy Spanish in the category of best international film.

“Mothers Parallel”, the last film by Pedro Almodóvar. EFE / A. ARORIZO

The name of Almodóvar appears in the pools of the possible nominees for best director and its protagonistPenelope Cruz looks like a safe bet in the acting categories after winning the Vopli Cup in Venice.

Even after the opening of the foreign film awards with the triumph of “Parasite” at the Oscars in 2020, some media include “Parallel Mothers” in the list of non-Anglo-Saxon films that could sneak among the candidates for best film.

Sony Pictures will release it on August 25, in the middle of the season of premieres that are thought to be nominated for an Oscar, “says Almodóvar.” But I don’t think about that, I just want the movie to go well“.

Before that, the feature film will go through some of the festivals that warm the engines of award season.

The AFI Fest, organized by the American Film Institute to bring the highlights of the international circuit to Los Angeles, will be the first. There begins the “lobby” of the Oscars.

“The reviews so far are 100% good and very encouraging,” concludes Almodóvar.



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