This week we welcomed director Pedro Almodóvar to present and discuss Strange Way of Life, a Spotlight selection of this year’s festival, with NYFF Artistic Director Dennis Lim. Almodóvar breaks down how he cast his two leads, Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, his appreciate of the Western genre, and much more.

Almodóvar has spent his career creating gorgeous works of cinematic pastiche without sacrificing the essential human core. In his dazzling new short, he has created something unexpected, a hyper-male Western melodrama of vivid colors and explosive homoeroticism starring Ethan Hawke as a small-town sheriff who, after 25 years, rekindles a sexual relationship with a former lover, played by Pedro Pascal, when the latter’s son is suspected of a local killing. Gorgeously shot and scored by Almodóvar’s standbys José Luis Alcaine and Alberto Iglesias, Strange Way of Life captures the rarely dramatized intensity of middle-aged romance. A Sony Pictures Classics release

Strange Way of Life opens in theaters this Friday, October 6.

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