Pedro Almodóvar’s short western “Strange Way of Life” has released its first trailer.
The short, which stars Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, is more like a renovation of “Brokeback Mountain,” or more, a chance for Almodóvar to finally do it his way. Nearly two decades ago, the Spanish director was offered the opportunity to direct a Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger film, but turned down the offer out of fear he wouldn’t have the creative freedom to shoot the film the way he wanted.
Almodovar said in an episode of “Dua Lipa: At Your Service”: “This is a strange Western in the sense that there are two men, and they love each other, and they act in this situation in an opposite way.” “What I can tell you about the movie is that it has a lot of Western elements in it. It has the gunslinger. It has the farm. It has the sheriff. But what most Westerns don’t have is the kind of dialogue that I don’t think a Western movie has ever captured between two men. Now I think I I tell you often.”
The 30-minute film follows Silva (Pascal), a cowboy who travels on horseback through the desert to meet an old friend, Sheriff Jake (Hawke), whom he hasn’t seen in 25 years. Silva soon discovers that his trip was not intended as a flashback. The trailer shows the two men unraveling their complicated romantic history.
“Strange Way of Life” is Almodóvar’s second English-language project after his 2020 short film “The Human Voice” starring Tilda Swinton.
Anthony Vaccarello, current creative director of Saint Laurent, is the costume designer and producer of the film. Alberto Iglesias, Spanish musician and frequent collaborator of Almodovar, is also a producer, in addition to composer.
The film is set to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Watch the trailer below.
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