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Monday August 29, 2011

Pedro Almodóvar To Be American Film Institute’s Next Guest Artistic Director

Pedro Almodóvar To Be American Film Institute’s Next Guest Artistic Director

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The Spanish director will succeed David Lynch as the next Guest Artistic Director at the American Film Institute’s (AFI) annual film festival.  This year’s AFI’s film festival, will run from November 3rd to the 10th in Hollywood, CA.

The Spanish auteur will present a special screening of his 1986 film “Laws of Desire,” on the 25th anniversary of both the film and Almodóvar’s production company.

“I have an enormous respect for AFI FEST, which has always been very generous with me, so I am very honored to be its Guest Artistic Director this year,” said Almodóvar.  “This will give me the chance to present a selection of some of my favorite films along with one of my own, “Law of Desire,” on its 25th anniversary.  I’m looking forward to being in LA this November with my AFI FEST friends.”

Almodóvar will also be curating a selection of films that inspired him through his career; titles will be announced in October.

Almodóvar has a long history with AFI, having showcased many of his award-winning films at the festival, beginning with the1990 presentation of TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!  AFI FEST screened “High Heels” in 1996, “All About My Mother” in 1999 (Closing Night), “Talk to Her” in 2002 (Closing Night), “Volver” in 2006 (Tribute to Penélope Cruz), “The Headless Woman” in 2008 and “Broken Embraces” in 2009. 

AFI FEST honored Almodóvar in 2004 with a Tribute and Retrospective that included a Gala screening of his film, “Bad Education”.