Pedro Almodóvar, the acclaimed Spanish director, is launching The Pedro Almodóvar Archives, a new book chronicling his career, at a special book signing at the Taschen Store in Beverly Hills on November 9 at 7 pm. Antonio Banderas, his old friend and star of his new film The Skin I Live In, will host a question-and-answer session with the director as well.
During his appearance, Almodóvar will sign a limited number of early print copies, about 150, to those who pre-order through the Taschen Beverly Hills store. The book will be published by Taschen in December.
Almodóvar gave Taschen unprecedented access to his personal archives to produce the book, including many never-before-published images andpersonal photos. Almodóvar personally wrote the captions for the photos in the book. Prominent Spanish authors contributed short essays about each of his films. In total, The Pedro Almodóvar Archives contain over 600 images, including some from his new film The Skin I Live In and a never seen film strip from Volver.
Almodóvar ’s new film The Skin I Live In is a psychosexual thriller about a plastic surgeon who has unique plans for a woman he has imprisoned in his basement. Almodóvar calls it "a horror story without screams or frights.” The movie reunites Almodóvar with Antonio Banderas. Although the two have not worked together in nearly two decades, Banderas made his name with appearances in Labyrinth of Passion, Law of Desire and Matador.
Almodóvar’s films include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and Volver. He won the Academy Award in 1999 for the Best Foreign Language Film for All About My Mother. His feature films play with classic American genres—including film noir, melodrama and screwball comedy—to explore the rhythms of modern Spain and its cultural history.