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The Human Voice + Q&A

This short film is accompanied by a pre-recorded Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton, hosted by film critic Mark Kermode.

We are thrilled to bring The Human Voice, a new short film directed by Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar and starring Tilda Swinton, to DCA. Shot over nine days in Madrid during lockdown this July, The Human Voice premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. It is Almodóvar’s first work in the English language.

“Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect”

Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton’s unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where the décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times.

In an entertaining and insightful recorded Q&A hosted by Mark Kermode, Pedro and Tilda discuss the inspirations they drew on for the film, how The Human Voice fits within the ‘Almodóvar oeuvre’, and what Pedro will be making next – including a great surprise for Tilda.

Pedro Almodóvar is one of Spain’s most celebrated filmmakers with numerous accolades to his name including an Oscar, four BAFTAs, numerous Goyas and over 100 further wins and nominations. His credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Volver, and most recently Pain and Glory.


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