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The Almodovar Collection - Preview

The Almodovar Collection

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce the release of a brand new box set of six newly restored films from one of Spain’s most celebrated and truly original filmmakers, Pedro Almodóvar.

Complete with brand new interviews and extras material, the collection will be available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 19, 2016. Restoration of the sound and image for all six films was done from the original negatives and supervised by Pedro’s younger brother and long time producing partner Agustín Almodóvar.

The films in The Almodovar Collection were early indicators that the director would become one of the most consistently exciting and internationally renowned filmmakers in the world.

Already having gained huge success in Spain, Almodóvar’s breakout success was Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown, which gained him international recognition.

During his career, he has won one Academy Award, four BAFTAs, six European Film Awards and two Golden Globes.

BFI Southbank will host a two-month Pedro Almodóvar season from August 1 – October 5, 2016, with special onstage appearances from Almodóvar, actor Rossy de Palma and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, with more guests to be announced in due course.

Also running alongside the Almodóvar season will be In Almodóvar’s words… a series of 13 of Almodóvar’s favourite Spanish films selected to screen at the BFI Southbank.

Win tickets to a screening of Pedro Almodovar’s Dark Habits in London

To celebrate the release of The Almodovar Collection on Blu-ray anfd DVD on Monday, September 19, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s Dark Habits, which is screening at BFI Southbank on Monday, August 8, 2016. Simply answer the following question…

Q. In what year was Dark Habits released?

Simply send the answer to Dark Habits competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

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Dark Habits follows nightclub singer Yolanda (Cristina Sánchez Pascual) who is blighted by drugs and has herself committed to a charity convent. The nuns there include a writer of sensationalist pulp fiction, a drug addict and a masochist. But their private lives and perverse foibles are plunged into doubt when a new mother superior arrives to take charge.

This was Almodóvar’s first film be made with a film company and Producer, rather than the more guerrilla style of his previous projects. Almodóvar has since distanced himself from the film as he felt that he had to bow to commercial considerations though it is an important film in his progression as filmmaker.


- New Around Dark Habits – Featuring interviews with: Marisa Paredes, Mercedes Guilamon, Anabel Alonzo, Lluis Homar, Felez Martinez, Alaska Miguel, Angel Silvestre and Augustin Almodóvar

- Introduction by critic José Arroyo

What Have I Done To Deserve This? (1984)

What Have I Done To Deserve This? was first released in 1984. The film stars Carmen Maura as Gloria, an over-worked mother and wife addicted to amphetamines in order to have the energy to cook and clean for her ungrateful family, as well as cleaning other people’s homes for extra cash. Gloria’s husband Antonio (Angel de Andres-Lopez) is a chauvinist taxi driver who gets entangled in a plot to forge Hitler’s memoirs. Her mother in law (Chus Lampreave) is a tight-fisted but loveable old lady who longs to move back to the village, whilst one of her sons deals heroin and the other son is adopted out to a lecherous dentist.


- New Around Dark Habits – Featuring interviews with Mercedes Guilamon, Javier Camara, Carlos Areces and Anabel Alonzo

- Trailer

Law Of Desire (1987)

Law Of Desire was Almodóvar’s seventh feature. This wildly overblown and extremely raunchy film was instrumental in bringing the director to a wider audience outside of his native Spain. Never one to ostracise audiences, Almodóvar offers something to offend and delight everyone in equal measure.

Popular film director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela) is frustrated by his relationship with straight ‘lover’ Juan (Miguel Molina) and soon Pablo’s blue-collar lover is banished to the country. Itching to fill the gap in Pablo’s life is the handsome and horny Antonio (Antonio Banderas), an obsessive fan of Pablo’s homoerotic movies. Also pricking Pablo’s personal and professional attention is Tina (a superb Carmen Maura), his sex-changed brother who is now a lesbian.


- New Around Law of Desire – Featuring interviews with Esther Garcia, Alberto Iglesias, Elena Anaya, Javier Camara, Rossy di Palma and Victoria Abril

- Introduction by critic José Arroyo

- Trailer

Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was the film that truly brought Almodóvar to the attention to a worldwide audience, his first international commercial success and earned him his first Oscar® nomination.

The film follows pregnant actress Pepa (Carmen Maura) who is distraught by a break-up with her actor boyfriend Iván (Fernando Guillén) and prepares a gazpacho laced with sleeping pills. She is, however, saved from suicide by her best friend Candela (María Barranco), a fugitive from justice. Pepa’s ex-lover’s grown son (Antonio Banderas) arrives with wife-to-be Marisa (Rossy de Palma) in answer to Carmen’s “room to let” newspaper ad. Marisa inadvertently ingests the gazpacho and as she blissfully snoozes, her fiancé inaugurates an affair with Carmen’s fugitive friend.


- New Around Women on the Verge of a nervous breakdown – Featuring interviews with Pedro Almodóvar, Loles Leon and Rossy di Palma

- Introduction by critic José Arroyo

Kika (1993)

Kika was harshly treated by critics on release however, of Pedro Almodóvar’s work, Kika is perhaps the one that benefits most from re-viewing and re-assessment. The story concerns Kika (an astonishing Veronica Forque), a Madrid make-up artist whose relationship with Ramon (Alex Casanovas) leads to criminal schemes involving Kika’s maid Juana (Rossy De Palma), Juana’s amorous, criminal brother Pablo (Santiago Lajusticia), and Ramon’s youth-obsessed father Nicholas (Peter Coyote). Overseeing it all, is the muckraking, reality tabloid television show presided over by the formidable Andrea Scarface (a uniquely attired Victoria Abril).

The film attracted controversy because of a scene in which Almodóvar depicts Kika’s rape at the hands of Pablo with humorous detachment. However, the moment has since come to be more popularly viewed as further evidence of the director’s tribute to the power of women.