Pedro Almodovar on Being "Terrified" of Donald Trump's Presidency, How MoMA Retrospective is His "Future"
The Spanish filmmaker, who spent much of a dinner celebrating the museum showcase in conversation with Cate Blanchett, said the Oscar winner is one of the Hollywood stars he'd like to work with.
Pedro Almodovar's work is the subject of a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. But the Spanish filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter that having his 20 feature films screening at the museum has him thinking about his future.
"This is like the future for me," Almodovar said of the screenings of films from his first, (Pepi, Luci, Bom), through his most recent work, Julieta. Those who see Almodovar's films at the museum, he said, will likely include a number of people who are new to his work, and he would "really like to know how they feel about all of the movies."
Speaking to THR at an intimate dinner at The Modern last week to celebrate the retrospective, Almodovar called it "a dream that the general spectators can go and see your movies, your old movies, on their original screen, the big screen."
Although he's based in Europe, Almodovar had paid close attention to the recent U.S. presidential election and told THR he's "terrified" in the wake of Donald Trump's win.
"I was in L.A. the day of the election and I was following the TV and it was like a nightmare. Even though I'm Spanish and I'm living in Europe, we are very concerned about everything that's happening here," Almodovar said. "It's so awful that it's difficult to think about it and to think that it's real. I think we have to pay a lot of attention to what is happening because it is really a big danger everywhere."
On a far more pleasant note, Almodovar — who was spotted talking with Cate Blanchett, whom he was seated next to, throughout the dinner — said she was one of the Hollywood actors he would like to work with.
Almodovar had considered making Julieta, which opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21 and has been selected as Spain's submission for the best foreign language Oscar category, in English with Meryl Streep. The filmmaker indicated he was still interested in working on an English-language or U.S.-filmed movie, "just to take advantage of working with many wonderful actors and actresses that are here."
Other high-profile guests at the intimate Modern dinner included Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, John Turturro and Marina Abramovic. The retrospective, which runs through Dec. 17, was put together by associate film curator La Frances Hui and chief film curator Rajendra Roy, who told Almodovar, in his remarks at the dinner, that MoMA would "always be your home."