The Human Voice: Pedro Almodóvar’s English language debut arrives in cinemas this November

The Human Voice arrives in cinemas nationwide from the 7th November

In freely adapting Jean Cocteau’s play, Almodovar creates a luscious and enthralling 30-minute spectacle. As one woman (Tilda Swinton) deals with the departure of her lover in a staged apartment overflowing with vibrant colour. The final phone call between the pair echoing the narrative beauty of Alan Bennetts Talking Heads in its complexity, passion and performance. While at the same time, the darkest corners of human vengeance, pain and instability find a divine voice in the hands of Tilda Swinton. The resulting film a short but stunning piece of theatre that talks to the current social lockdown and isolation we have all endured. Its all too brief runtime leaving the audience begging for more.

Neil Baker – Cinerama Film Online

Pathé have today announced that the new short film, THE HUMAN VOICE, directed by Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, starring Tilda Swinton, will be launched on 7 November 2020 at a Special Event Screening in cinemas across the UK.

The film will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Almodóvar and Swinton hosted by film critic Mark Kermode.

The Event will have repeat screenings nationwide from 8 November.

THE HUMAN VOICE was shot over nine days in Madrid in July and recently 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 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 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.

Writer/Director Pedro Almodóvar is one of Spain’s most celebrated filmmakers with numerous accolades to his name including an Academy Award®, 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.


Director:  Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Tilda Swinton


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