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Pedro Almodovar

An internationally recognized film director and writer, Almodovar was born into a poor working-class family in the rural region of La Mancha, Spain. As a young man he moved to Madrid where he worked for the telephone company and taught himself to write screenplays and make short films. After the death of the dictator Francisco Franco in1975, Almodovar was caught up in the wave of post-dictatorship cultural creativity. His break-out film was Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). Almodovar has directed more than 30 films, won Oscars for Best Foreign Film (All About My Mother) and Best Original Screenplay (Talk to Her), and has received awards from film festivals around the world. His films use autobiography and situations from daily life to create an often raucous comedy that challenges gender and sexual norms. Strong women and queer characters who cross gender boundaries are central to his body of work.