Pedro Almodóvar to deliver BAFTA David Lean Lecture
by Naman Ramachandran
- Renowned Spanish filmmaker latest great chosen for prestigious event
Multi award-winning writer/director Pedro Almodóvar will deliver the David Lean Lecture at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on November 18. The David Lean Lecture, BAFTA’s annual lecture, aims to inspire practitioners by providing insight into the experiences of some of the world’s best filmmakers.
Almodóvar is no stranger to the BAFTA, having won Best Film Not in the English Language for The Skin I Live In [+see also:
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BAFTA’s Film Committee Chairman, Nik Powell, says, “Pedro Almodóvar is one of cinema’s truly original voices with a body of work that includes a number of real cinematic masterpieces. He has an inimitable approach to filmmaking that fuses big music, colour and performance in a rich storytelling style, which explodes off the big screen. We’re thrilled that he can join us in London in November to deliver our annual film lecture; we allow each year’s lecturer to dictate their own form and structure for the evening, and we look forward to a night which will undoubtedly be as funny, warm, lively and original as we have come to except from one of our great filmmakers and artists.”
The David Lean Lecture carries on the legacy of the British great David Lean, one of the founders of the British Film Academy (as it was then known) in 1947. The David Lean Foundation funds the Lecture. Recent speakers include Errol Morris, Peter Weir, Atom Egoyan, David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, John Boorman and Ken Loach.
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