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The Human Voice + Pedro Almodovar & Tilda Swinton recorded Q&A (15)

19 June

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Shot over nine days in Madrid in lockdown, new short film The Human Voice is Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s (Volver, Pain and Glory) first film 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 the decor 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.

The short film will be followed by a recorded Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton hosted by film critic 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.

Tilda Swinton sets the screen ablaze.


Irresistibly magnetic. ★★★★

The Financial Times

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  • Director Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast Tilda Swinton
  • Country Spain
  • Year of Production 2020
  • Running Time 30m + 46m Q&A
  • Certificate 15
  • Content Warning suicide references
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