“Strange Way of Life”, the new short film by the Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovarreceived its first trailer on Wednesday, weeks before it premiered as an out-of-competition title at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
The film, a queer western that Almodovar says “could be my answer to ‘Brokeback Mountain,'” features Pedro Pascal And Ethan Hawke like a pair of gunslingers reuniting after years apart. Here is the official Almodovar synopsis provided Cannes: “A man crosses on horseback the desert which separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who comes to meet him, worked together as hitmen. Silva visits him with the excuse of reuniting with his childhood friend, and they indeed celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go back in time to their past. old friendship…”
Almodovar added“I must not say more so as not to reveal all the surprises of the scenario. The strange way of life evoked in the title alludes to the famous fado of Amalia Rodrigueswhose lyrics suggest that there is no stranger existence than that which is lived by turning one’s back on one’s own desires.
But while Almodovar was reluctant to say anything more to Cannes organizers for festival marketing material, the filmmaker has already spoken at length about the film. “There will be a confrontation between them, but really the story is very intimate,” said the director. said Indiewire. When asked if that intimacy had become “romantic,” the acclaimed director replied with a laugh, “You can guess. I mean, masculinity is one of the subjects of the film. (In another interview, this one with Doua LipaAlmodóvar called “Strange Way of Life” a “Queer Western”.)
Pascal, meanwhile, praised Almodovar for the short film, which is expected to be 30 minutes long. “He absolutely opened up a whole world of storytelling, color, culture, rebellion and sexuality that was absolutely intoxicating, dangerous, hilarious, heartbreaking and encompassing the full spectrum, but with such a signature style,” Pascal said to Insider this year.
“To work with Ethan, whose movies I’ve seen since I was little, who I’ve seen on stage off-Broadway, on Broadway, whose books I’ve read, whose plays I’ve seen direct , and big movies, little movies, horror movies. It was really an amazing opportunity to go out there and learn and enjoy the experience of being on the level of people like that,” said he added. “Taking it all was amazing.”
Watch the “Strange Way of Life” trailer above. Some details about the production team can be found below via the Cannes Film Festival website.
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello presents Strange Way of Life, a film produced by El Deseo, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
With Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal, Pedro Casablanc, Manu Ríos, George Steane, José Condessa, Jason Fernández, Sara Sálamo, Ohiana Cueto, Daniela Medina.
The film is produced by Agustín Almodóvar with Esther García as executive producer and Bárbara Peiró, Diego Pajuelo and Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello as associate producers.
The music is composed by Alberto Iglesias.
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