Running until 5 October, the British Film Institute presents a season devoted to the most celebrated Spanish movie director Pedro Almodóvar. Almodóvar himself is currently in London for several events including the presentation of his latest film Julieta, at the BFI, but also Somerset House and the National Gallery tomorrow.
The official poster for the BFI season shows Miguel Bosé in Tacones Lejanos, and it’s fantastic.
The programme features onstage presentations by Rossy de Palma and Jean Paul Gaultier, running alongside a strong film programme which includes 13 Spanish films which Almodóvar has personally selected to screen at BFI Southbank. Inspirational films the master loves, such as Jamón, Jamón (1992, Bigas Luna), Tésis (1996, Alejandro Amenábar), Blancanieves (2012), which was introduced by its director Pablo Berger on 1 August, and Victor Erice’s El sur (1983), which will be released for the first time in the UK by the BFI in selected cinemas UK-wide on Friday 16 September.
High Heels (1991), one of Almodóvar’s best films, will be part of the seaons. The masterpiece explores a mother-daughter rivalry and touches on murder mystery with references to Douglas Sirk and Ingmar Bergman. It is a superbly shot narrative of betrayal, loss and redemption, distinguished by Almodóvar’s brilliant direction of actors. Kika (1993) is a smart satire on television’s excesses, starring Verónica Forqué, Rossy de Palma and Victoria Abril. Abril plays Andrea Caracortada a death-obsessed investigative journalist. Her gloriously grotesque outfits were designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Gaultier will take part in a special event as part of the season in September.