Pedro Almodóvar's short film to premiere at Cannes Film Festival
'Strange Way of Life' is the newest production from the Spanish director after 'The Human Voice.'
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Pedro Almodóvar's new short film Strange Way of Life is 30 minutes long and is a "gay western," that is, a western-style story with a homosexual love story.
Strange Way of Life stars Chile's Pedro Pascal and the U.S.'s Ethan Hawke, and tells the story of "a rancher named Silva who crosses the desert that separates him from the town of Bitter Creek on horseback. His purpose is to visit Sheriff Jake, with whom 25 years earlier he worked as a hired gunman. The encounter takes an unexpected turn when Silva confesses that the reason for his trip is not just the memory of their old friendship," reported EFE.
The short film was shot in Almeria, a Spanish province with western-style scenery.
The inspiration behind the work was also a verse from a fado by Portuguese author Amália Rodrigues that goes: "What a strange way of life/ has this heart of mine/ you live in a lost way/ Who would give you the condom?" reported EFE.
In December, Almodóvar featured on singer Dua Lipa's At Your Service podcast, where he said that the short film is a work that "is about masculinity in a deep sense."
"It's a queer western, in the sense that it will follow two men who love each other. The characters react to this situation in opposite ways. This film will talk about masculinity, in a deep way, because the western is a masculine genre," said Almódovar during filming.
He has already won two awards at Cannes Film Festival, where the film will premiere in May. The first in 1999 as Best Director for All About My Mother and the second in 2006 for Best Screenplay for Volver.