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Pedro Almodóvar: Best-Known Spanish Film Director

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Pedro Almodóvar: Best-known Spanish film director

According to a poll conducted by the Spanish-based SigmaDos, Pedro Almodóvar is the best-known modern-day Spanish film director in his home country, Zinema reports. That should come as no surprise to anyone anywhere in the world, of course. In fact, what's somewhat surprising is that Almodóvar was named by 69 percent – as opposed to something like 99 percent – of Spaniards.

Pedro Almodóvar is followed by these Spanish filmmakers:

  • 2005 Academy Award winner and multiple Goya winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside) with 34.3 percent;
  • Academy Award nominee José Luis Garci (The Grandfather) with 13.4 percent;
  • Academy Award winner Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) with 10.7 percent;
  • Academy Award nominee Luis García Berlanga (Placido) with 6.3 percent;
  • Álex de la Iglesia (Perfect Crime) with 6.2 percent;
  • Santiago Segura (Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley and its sequels) with 4.6 percent;
  • Bigas Luna (Jamón, jamón) with 4 percent;
  • Academy Award nominee Carlos Saura (Carmen) with 3.4 percent;
  • Antonio Banderas, who has taken to directing in the last few years (Crazy in Alabama, Summer Rain), with 2 percent.

The only female Spanish director among the top 20 is Isabel Coixet, whose English-language drama The Secret Life of Words, starring Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley, won the Goya Award for Best Film of 2005.

Pedro Almodóvar movies

Pedro Almodóvar began his filmmaking career in the mid-1970s – according to the IMDb, his first film was the four-minute 1974 comedy short Film político – but he would become an international star director only about a decade later. Among Almodóvar's most notable films are What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984), with Carmen Maura and Luis Hostalot; Matador (1986), with Antonio Banderas, Assumpta Serna, and Nacho Martínez; Law of Desire (1985), with Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas; Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nominee Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), once again with Banderas and Maura; and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), with Banderas and Victoria Abril.

Also: The Flower of My Secret (1995), with Marisa Paredes and Juan Echanove; Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award winner All About My Mother (1999), with Paredes, Penélope Cruz, and Cecilia Roth; Talk to Her (2002), with Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, and Leonor Watling; Bad Education (2004), with Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez; and Volver (2006), with Best Actress Oscar nominee Penélope Cruz, Lola Dueñas, and Carmen Maura.

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