Almodóvar: The Top Ten

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.

Almodóvar: The Top Ten series pass is now on sale for $50. This pass grants one (1) person admission to all 10 films in the retrospective from July 27 to August 9.
Purchase a Series Pass here!


What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Friday 7/27, Monday 7/30, Saturday 8/4

Having to scrounge to make ends meet is one thing. But this is ridiculous.

FRI, JUL 27
MON, JUL 30
SAT, AUG 4
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Matador

Friday 7/27, Wednesday 8/1, Sunday 8/5

The gospel according to Almodóvar: “Spain is divided into the envious and the intolerant.”

FRI, JUL 27
WED, AUG 1
SUN, AUG 5
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All About My Mother

Saturday 7/28, Tuesday 7/31, Sunday 8/5, Thursday 8/9

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

SAT, JUL 28
TUE, JUL 31
SUN, AUG 5
THU, AUG 9
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Talk to Her

Saturday 7/28, Saturday 8/4, Thursday 8/9

Love is the saddest thing when it goes away.

SAT, JUL 28
SAT, AUG 4
THU, AUG 9
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Saturday 7/28, Monday 7/30, Friday 8/3, Tuesday 8/7

It may be sheer madness to you. For Pepa, it’s a day in the life.

SAT, JUL 28
MON, JUL 30
FRI, AUG 3
TUE, AUG 7
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Law of Desire

Saturday 7/28, Thursday 8/2, Monday 8/6

One plus one equals more than two.

SAT, JUL 28
THU, AUG 2
MON, AUG 6
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Volver

Sunday 7/29, Wednesday 8/1, Saturday 8/4, Wednesday 8/8

A mother’s work is never done.

SUN, JUL 29
WED, AUG 1
SAT, AUG 4
WED, AUG 8
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Broken Embraces

Sunday 7/29, Thursday 8/2, Sunday 8/5

Of life and movies. Fleeting and indelible.

SUN, JUL 29
THU, AUG 2
SUN, AUG 5
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Live Flesh

Sunday 7/29, Saturday 8/4, Tuesday 8/7

The woman he left behind is now married to the man who sent him to prison.

SUN, JUL 29
SAT, AUG 4
TUE, AUG 7
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Bad Education

Tuesday 7/31, Friday 8/3, Wednesday 8/8

He doesn’t believe in hell, so he’s not afraid. Without fear, he’s capable of anything.

TUE, JUL 31
FRI, AUG 3
WED, AUG 8
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All About Almodóvar: A Conversation with Nat Chediak

Tuesday, 8/7, 8:00 pm at Books & Books

Join us at Books & Books for a free panel discussion exploring Pedro Almodóvar's films with Nat Chediak.