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Pedro Almodóvar’s highly anticipated western short film Strange Way of Life is coming out in just a few months, but the platform it comes out on isn’t one that most people would think of.
Strange Way of Life will be making its Latin American and Italian debut on MUBI on October 20.
For those who live in the US, Strange Way of Life will be released in theaters by Sony Pictures Classics in New York and LA on October 4, followed by a nationwide release on October 6. The film, which stars Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal as two aging gunslingers who meet up again after years of being apart, is supposedly Almodóvar’s response to previously being approached to direct Brokeback Mountain, but leaving the project because of creative differences.
According to the synopsis, Silva (Pascal) goes to visit his old friend Sheriff Jake (Hawke) at a ranch. But while there, Jake tells Silva that the visit isn’t simply about reminiscing on their long-standing friendship.
On the At Your Service podcast with Dua Lipa, Almodóvar talked about the themes of the movie.
“It's about masculinity in a deep sense, because the Western is a male genre,” he said. “What I can tell you about the film is that it has a lot of the elements of the Western: it has the gunslinger, it has the ranch, it has the sheriff. But what it has that most Westerns don't have is the kind of dialogue that I don't think a Western film has ever captured between two men. And now I think I'm telling you a little bit too much.”
MUBI is a streaming platform and film distributor. In addition to being a streaming platform, MUBI theatrically distributes films by emerging and established filmmakers. Some films that have previously been released through MUBI include Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby, and Ira Sachs’ Passages.