Pedro Almodóvar to Deliver BAFTA's Annual Film Lecture

Pedro Almodovar
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The British Academy of Film And Television Arts signs the Spanish filmmaker up to deliver the David Lean lecture, its most prestigious movie talk.

LONDON – Oscar and BAFTA-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar will deliver this year's British Academy's annual David Lean lecture.

The Spanish filmmaker, who scored an Oscar for his script for Talk to Her in 2002 and three BAFTA film awards for All About My Mother (Todos sobre mi madre) in 1999, Talk to Her (Habla con ella) in 2002 and The Skin I Live In in 2012, is scheduled to deliver the talk Nov. 18 in the British capital.

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The David Lean Lecture aims "to educate, inform and inspire practitioners by providing insight into the experiences of some of the world’s best and most compelling filmmakers and to provide a forum for further discussion of their outstanding creative achievements."

Previous lectures have been delivered by Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, David Lynch and Peter Weir.

Almodóvar's most recent film I’m So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros) is currently in post-production and is slated for release in late summer 2013.

BAFTA film committee chairman Nik Powell described Almodóvar as "one of cinema’s truly original voices with a body of work that includes a number of real cinematic masterpieces."

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Said Powell: "We’re thrilled that he can join us in London in November to deliver our annual film lecture; we allow each year’s lecturer to dictate their own form and structure for the evening, and we look forward to a night which will undoubtedly be as funny, warm, lively and original as we have come to except from one of our great filmmakers and artists."

The David Lean Lecture aims to continue the legacy of the Lean, one of the founders of the British Film Academy (as it was then known) in 1947 and a continuing inspiration to many through his body of work.