‘First Look’ at Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming short Western ‘STRANGE WAY OF LIFE’

Pathé has released ‘First Look’ images and poster artwork for director Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming short Western, STRANGE WAY OF LIFE, starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal.

The film will receive its World Premiere out of competition at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, followed by a theatrical release later this year.

STRANGE WAY OF LIFE is Almodóvar’s second work in the English language following THE HUMAN VOICE starring Tilda Swinton, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2020.


STRANGE WAY OF LIFE © El Deseo / Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

A man rides a horse across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, both the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who rides out to meet him, worked together as hired gunmen. Silva visits him with the excuse of reuniting with his friend from his youth, and they do indeed celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their old friendship….

I must say no more so as not to give away all the surprises of the script.

The strange way of life referred in the title alludes to the famous fado by Amalia Rodrigues, whose lyrics suggest that there is no stranger existence than the one that is lived by turning your back on your own desires.


STRANGE WAY OF LIFE © El Deseo / Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

STRANGE WAY OF LIFE is produced by El Deseo and presented by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, with all characters costumed by the company.

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