“Yes, we want to do something in the United States, we are excited, it is not defined yet,” declared the producer, who participated in a panel on the state of Spanish cinema at the Cannes Film Market.
Esther García is the executive producer of the gay western “Strange way of life”, which the 73-year-old Spanish director presented on Wednesday in Cannes, a short filmed in the desert of Almería (southern Spain) in English, with Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal.
The short, which lasts half an hour, garnered applause and good reviews at the French festival, and Almodóvar declared that his goal was not to do something anachronistic, that would be well accepted in the United States.
“Strange Way of Life” was co-produced with French fashion firm Saint Laurent, which recently announced the creation of a division for film projects.
When asked by AFP if this new project in the United States could follow this model, Esther García replied: “we will do it ourselves.”
El Deseo, the production company of Pedro Almodóvar and his brother Agustín, is one of the success stories of Spanish cinema, a pioneer in independent cinema.
The author of “Tie me up” or “The Law of Desire” has been tempted on several occasions by Hollywood to shoot in English, something that has never been possible.
Before filming “Strange way of life”, Almodóvar had made progress in an adaptation of the short story book “Manual for cleaning women”, by Lucia Berlin, together with actress Cate Blanchett, but the project did not finish materializing.
Pedro Almodóvar has won two Oscars, for Best Foreign Language Film for “All About My Mother” in 2000 and for Best Screenplay for “Talk to Her” in 2003.