Pedro Almodóvar

Spain, 2020 / 30 min / English OV with English subt. / Drama

Double feature: The Human Voice & The First and Last Men

A woman and a dog come to terms with the abandonment of a lover and a master.

A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives. She runs through a frightening gamut of emotions, from helplessness to despair, from loss of control to fury and exhilaration, all while isolated in a luxurious apartment that’s also a stage set. Her only companions are her ex-partner’s dog, Dash, who doesn't understand that his master has abandoned him and the betrayer’s unheard presence on the other end of her phone. Together, the two have to come to terms with abandonment.

The Human Voice is a moral lesson about desire, even though its protagonist is on the verge of the very same abyss. Risk is an essential part of the adventure of living and loving. Pain is very present in the monologue. The Human Voice is about the disorientation and distress of two living beings who grieve their master.” Director’s statement by Pedro Almodóvar


Wed 10/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia EN OV Public
Thu 11/03 10:00 EN OV with EN subt. Public

“It’s a sharp if slightly caricatured portrait of despair and loneliness — and, indeed, madness and melancholy. Alberto Iglesias’s insistent mystery-thriller score whips up the anxiety, but Swinton has no problem holding the attention on her own with a declamatory, theatrical performance which nonetheless conveys just how desolate she is. Her own human voice is high and lilting. She strains to be positive, but she sounds like a ghost.” Nicholas Barber, IndieWire, 03/09/2020

The Human Voice, in all its delicious absurdity and kitsch extravagance, ties into the concerns of emotional abandonment and disrupted communication that have long run through his more ostensibly serious works” Guy Lodge, Variety, 03/09/2020

“In more ways than one, Pedro Almodóvar tackling an adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s famous 1930 monologue play The Human Voice as the instrument for his English language debut marks a fascinating union of queer aesthetics. That Tilda Swinton is the well-heeled ganglion of raw nerves in this showcase of a woman who really is on the verge of a nervous breakdown is just the tip of its destructive iceberg.” Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema, 26/09/2020

Cast & Credits
Tilda Swinton
Pedro Almodóvar, based on the play “The Human Voice” by Jean Cocteau
José Luis Alcaine
Sergio Bürmann
Antxón Gómez
Alberto Iglesias
El Deseo

Pedro Almodóvar was born in 1949 in the small town of Calzada de Calatrava in Spain. When he was 18, he moved to Madrid, with no money and no work, but with a very concrete project: to study cinema and work in this field. For several years, before 1978, he shot short films with the help of his friends. In a few years, Pedro Almodóvar became one of the emblematic filmmakers of the Spanish new wave, la movida. In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo with his brother. In 1989, he rose to international acclaim thanks to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) which won 5 Goyas. With many awards to his name (Best Director Award in Cannes and the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for All About My Mother, the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay for Talk to Her, Best Screenplay in Cannes for Volver, several César Awards, just to name a few), he returned to the Venice Film Festival in 2020 with his first English-language short The Human Voice.

  • 2020 – The Human Voice (short)
  • 2019 – Dolor y gloria
  • 2016 – Julieta
  • 2013 – Los amantes pasajeros
  • 2011 – La piel que habito
  • 2009 – Los abrazos rotos
  • 2009 – La concejala antropófaga (short)
  • 2006 – Volver
  • 2004 – La mala educación
  • 2002 – Hable con ella
  • 1999 – Todo sobre mi madre
  • 1997 – Carne trémula
  • 1996 – Pastas Ardilla (short)
  • 1995 – La flor de mi secreto
  • 1993 – Kika
  • 1991 – Tacones lejanos
  • 1989 – ¡Átame!
  • 1988 – Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
  • 1987 – La ley del deseo
  • 1986 – Matador
  • 1985 – Tráiler para amantes de lo prohibido (short)
  • 1984 – ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto?
  • 1983 – Entre tinieblas
  • 1982 – Laberinto de pasiones
  • 1980 – Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón
  • 1978 – Folle... folle... fólleme Tim!
  • 1978 – Salomé (short)
  • 1977 – Complementos (short)
  • 1977 – Las tres ventajas de Ponte (short)
  • 1977 – Sexo va, sexo viene (short)
  • 1976 – Muerte en la carretera (short)
  • 1976 – Sea caritativo (short)
  • 1976 – Tráiler de 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' (short)
  • 1975 – Blancor (short)
  • 1975 – El sueño, o la estrella (short)
  • 1975 – Homenaje (short)
  • 1975 – La caída de Sódoma (short)
  • 1974 – Dos putas, o historia de amor que termina en boda (short)
  • 1974 – Film político (short)