The short stars American actor Ethan Hawke (“The Seven Mercenaries”) and Chilean Pedro Pascal (“The Last of Us”), who together with Almodóvar will hold a meeting with the public after the premiere, the statement reported.
It is the second work that Almodóvar shoots in English, after “The human voice”, another short that was released in 2020.
“Strange way of life” narrates the reunion of two gunmen. “I’m not going to say anything else so as not to reveal all the surprises in the script,” Almodóvar explains in the short’s production notes.
“The strange way of living that the title alludes to refers to the famous fado by Amalia Rodrigues, whose lyrics suggest that there is no stranger existence than the one we live when we turn our backs on our own desires,” adds the Manchego filmmaker.
This short marks Almodóvar’s return to Cannes, where throughout his career he has presented four feature films, two of them award-winning.
“Todo sobre mi madre” won the award for best direction in 1999, and in 2006 “Volver” won the award for best screenplay and the award (ex-aequo) for best female performance (for Penélope Cruz).
Pedro Almodóvar chaired the festival jury in 2017.
The director of “Tie me up”, known for his promotional skills, had already revealed last December, during a chat with the singer Dua Lipa, that he was going to present this new work in Cannes.
“It’s a ‘queer’ western, in the sense that there are two men who love each other,” said the Manchego filmmaker at the time.
The Cannes Film Festival will take place between May 16 and 27, and stars such as Martin Scorsese, Harrison Ford as “Indiana Jones” or Johnny Depp, who will open the festival in with “Jeanne du Barry”, have already been confirmed. from the French Maiwenn.
The official selection of the contest will be announced on Thursday.