Writers Guild of America, West recognizes an international writer who has "advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter" with its Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement. This year the WGAW will award this honor to Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar at its 2015 Writers Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 14.
As WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman stated:
"Almodovar -- the first name is almost unnecessary -- is a genius, is a flower, is a guiding light: the last, best son of Bunuel and so much more than that. His screenplays, which he directs with passion and fine care, have taught us about the exteriors of his native land and the interiors of our own hearts. From the early, manic experimental Super-8 work to the breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, his titles are as evocative as most people's screenplays. Yet for all their antic energy, Almodovar's films are deeply spiritual: watching his disturbing, mysterious, heart-rending Talk to Her is to understand, perhaps for the first time, the full meaning of grace. An Almodovar screenplay is a running leap off a Gaudi balcony, it flips, soars, ascends, careens, tumbles, falls -- always landing, astonishingly and astonished, on its feet."
Here's a selection of 15 Almodovar films. How many have you seen?
All About My Mother
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Talk to Her
The Skin I Live In
Law of Desire
The Flower of My Secret
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
I'm So Excited
Watch a sexy clip of Gael Garcia Bernal in Bad Education below: