The Human Voice

2020| 15| 76 mins| / /

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Tilda Swinton

Shot over nine days in Madrid in July 2020, The Human Voice is renowned director Pedro Almodóvar‘s first work in the English language. The thrilling short film sees madness and melancholy intersect in this reimagining of Jean Cocteau‘s short play of the same name.

In an era in which isolation has become a way of life, Tilda Swinton plays an unnamed woman who paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment. As laws of desire become the rules of the game and her decor reflects her state-of-mind, The Human Voice provides a short, sharp shot of Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit and melodrama, exquisitely bound in a tale for our times.

This screening includes a pre-recorded 45 minute Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton, hosted by Mark Kermode. Entertaining and insightful, the director and actor discuss their inspirations for the film, how the short fits into Almodóvar’s body of work and what is next for the filmmaker.

★★★★ “MORE! MORE!” The Times