VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 03: Tilda Swinton and Director Pedro Almodóvar walk the red carpet ahead of the movie “The Human Voice” and “Quo Vadis, Aida?” at the 77th Venice Film Festival at on September 03, 2020 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images)
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Venice Notes: Tilda & Pedro, A Match Made in Cinema Heaven

Tilda Swinton did not just come to the Lido to collect an award – the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement no less – and wear a great mask, she also starred in and introduced The Human Voice, a short film by Pedro Almodóvar, a man she has admired greatly for many years. Wearing a yellow Haider Ackerman blazer and her newly red hair, she paid tribute to the Spanish master: 

color:black;mso-themecolor:text1;mso-ansi-language:EN’ lang=’EN’>y relationship with Pedro Almodóvar’s cinema started with the cinema of William Wyler and George Cukor, Billy Wilder, and then Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was the first time I saw his spirit and I’ve been entirely besotted by his cinema ever since.” Their meeting was fate, she said: “I have a friend at home in the north of Scotland who’s a Benedictine monk, and I see him occasionally, and he always says he’s going to remember me in his prayers. And one day he said to me, “I have a special prayer for you to work with Pedro Almodóvar.” And I thought it was ridiculous because I’m not Spanish, I don’t speak Spanish, but as Pedro and I have discussed many times, there’s this language of cinema which is a complicity between us, and it’s an incredibly proud moment for me to sit beside him, between these two, it’s literally a dream come true.” Almodovar, in a Black & White flowery shirt, blushed at the compliment: “I’m very awkward with this,” he laughed.

"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;mso-themecolor:text1;mso-ansi-language:EN’ lang=’EN’> marks the first time for director and producer where the main performance is entirely in English. But Agustìn Almodovar had nothing but praise for Swinton: “It was a wonderful experience thanks to Tilda who has made it very easy. We had the feeling of English in the first moments, but as soon as the shooting took shape and the first two days went by, we had the same feeling as when we shot with actresses and actors who have been working with Pedro for a long time.” In the 30-minute film, an adaptation of Jean Cocteau, Swinton plays a lonely woman waiting for a phone call from an old lover. The short got rave reviews and scenic applause.

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but bowed out because of the language, saying then that he prefers to stick with Spanish. Now he has broken that language barrier with his new short and a western would be a brand-new genre for him. However, first, he will start production on Madres Paralelas starring his muse Penélope Cruz in February. It is the story of two mothers who give birth on the same day. A perfect subject for Pedro color:black;mso-themecolor:text1;background:white’>, if there ever was one.