Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Pedro Almodovar’s Short Film with Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal Chosen for Cannes 2 Days Before Big Announcement


Pedro Almodovar’s 40 minute film, “A Strange Way of Life,” has been officially chosen for the Cannes Film Festival. This news comes 2 days before the big Cannes announcement about the entire schedule. Also on the bill already are Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” James Mangold’s “Indiana Jones 5,” and Maiween’s movie featuring Johnny Depp.

I told you this would happen back on February 20th.

The film stars Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal as gay cowboys.

Almodovar writes:
“A man rides a horse across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, both the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who rides out to meet him, worked together as hired gunmen. Silva visits him with the excuse of reuniting with his friend from his youth, and they do indeed celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their old friendship….

“I must say no more so as not to give away all the surprises of the script.

“The strange way of life referred in the title alludes to the famous fado by Amalia Rodrigues, whose lyrics suggest that there is no stranger existence than the one that is lived by turning your back on your own desires.”

It’s a little unclear who or how “A Strange Way of Life” will be released as it is only 40 minutes. I guess we’ll see how that develops. It’s always great to see Almodovar, and his films are never less than riveting!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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