Last summer of 2022 we told you that Pedro Almodovar he had decided to continue betting on English as the main language for his new projects, since after ‘The human voice’ and ‘Manual for cleaning women’ —the latter currently without a director—, he would get down to work with the short film that would mean his contact with the western.
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This would be titled ‘Strange way of life’ —’Strange Way of Life’—, would star none other than Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascaland according to the filmmaker from La Mancha, it would be his “response to Brokeback Mountain”. Well, the short has not only materialized, but will be seen for the first time in the halls of the Cannes Film Festival —although it will not open the contest as it had been rumored before Thierry Frémaux denied it.
The projection of ‘Strange way of life’, whose title, in the words of Almodóvar “alludes to the famous fado by Amalia Rodrigues, whose lyrics suggest that there is no stranger way of life than that of turning your back on your own desires”, will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and his team; which has been composed, among others, by the producer Augustin Almodovar or the composer Alberto Iglesiasregular collaborators.
Along with Hawke and Pascal will be performers such as Pedro Casablanc, Manu Ríos, George Steane, José Condesa or Sara Sálamo; who will share screens with the stars of other feature films confirmed by the Festival such as ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ by Martin Scorsese and ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate’. In the variety is the spice.
For the moment, in addition to the previously unpublished image that crowns this article, I leave you with the synopsis and the poster from ‘Strange way of life’:
“A man is riding across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years ago, both the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who rides out to meet him, worked together as gun-for-hire. Silva is coming under the pretext of reuniting with his childhood friend, and indeed they celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not the memory of his old friendship.
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