Pedro Almodóvar — the Spanish filmmaker known to bend genre and gender — was honored at the MoMA's fourth-annual Film Benefit last week, hosted by Karl Lagerfeld (who called Almodóvar "the nicest person," no less) and a sequined, Chanel-bedecked Anna Wintour.Almodóvar premiered his latest film, The Skin I Live In , starring a suave but insane Antonio Banderas, at last month's New York Film Festival. The film features a haunting, multilayered plot that reveals itself as even more dark and twisted as it unravels, with a string of deaths, sex, and plastic surgery. It's still playing at select theaters throughout New York (including the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in the L.E.S., Clearview Cinemas in Chelsea, AMC Empire 25 in Midtown, and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on the Upper West Side). And, if you can't get enough, look forward to even more Almodóvar next month. December brings the release of The Pedro Almodóvar Archives, the book that surveys his 18 feature films in images and interviews, plus a free screening series of Almodóvar classics at the Muhlenberg Library in Chelsea. Check out the schedule and location for all things Almodóvar this December, below, and click through for a slideshow of some striking shots from The Skin I Live In.
Where: Muhlenberg Library, 209 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-924-1585.
Volver , December 2, 2 p.m.
Talk to Her , December 9, 2 p.m.
All About my Mother , December 16, 2 p.m.
Live Flesh , December 23, 2 p.m.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , December 30, 2 p.m.
All films will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.
Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics