Pedro Almodóvar had his U.S. debut at the 1984 Miami Film Festival, then run by Nat Chediak, CGAC's Director of Programming. Join us for a special evening in conversation with Chediak about Almodóvar and his illustrious career as well as Chediak's programming philosophy. The conversation will be moderated by CGAC Associate Director Javier Chavez.
This panel is presented by the Gables Cinema and Books & Books. This discussion is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis and takes place on August 7, 8:00 pm at Books & Books directly across the street from the cinema.
For those who cannot attend, a live stream of this panel discussion will be available on our Facebook page the night of the event.
There’s no greater joy for a film programmer than to come across a totally original filmmaker, in complete command of his domain, whose work resembles no one else’s. Such was my elation at discovering the films of Pedro Almodóvar and programming them - for the first time in the U.S. - starting in 1984, year one of the Miami Film Festival. Today, he’s not only the most celebrated Spanish filmmaker, but one of the world’s greatest directors, period. Our series surveys ten classics made over the course of 25 years, and feature not only his famous ensemble, fondly referred to as chicos y chicas Almodóvar, but also actors like Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem who went on to international stardom.
CGAC Director of Programming Nat Chediak was founder/director of the Miami Film Festival (1984-2001).
Program notes adapted from MoMA’s Almodóvar retrospective.