In 1992, Pedro was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
He often casts his mother Francisca Caballero and brother Agustin Almodovar in his films.
His trademark is that his films often have transsexuals and strong female characters. His other trademark is he often uses symbolism and metaphorical techniques to portray circular storylines.
He attended a Catholic boarding school in the 1960s where some of his fellow students were abused by the priests. He says that he himself wasn't abused.
Celebrity cook Rachel Ray is a big fan of his, and Rachel even named a dish after him.
He has said that his filmmaking has been influenced in Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock.
His first cinematic work was "Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Women on the Heap" in 1980.
He is a filmmaker.
Pedro Almodovar [on his experience in the Catholic boarding school he lived in as a young man and on which Mala educación, La (2004) is based]: The education we received was about guilt, sin, punishment.
Pedro Almodovar: My first ambition was to be a writer. I have always been very interested in writing. But it seems to me that I have more capacity for telling a story with images. It seems I have more talent for filmaking than for writing a novel, which is my dream. I have always found it easy to let my imagination go. You do not just need imagination for filmaking, you also need a lot of passion. When I discovered filmaking as a way of telling stories, I felt that I had found something that was in my nature. I am glad that I had this ambition to be a novelist because it has helped me in filmaking.
Pedro Almodovar: In the last decade you can count the number of Hollywood dramas that have revolved around women. The studios have forgotten that women are fascinating.
Pedro Almodovar: All my movies have an autobiographical dimension, but that is indirectly, through the personages. In fact, I am behind everything that happens and that is said, but I am never talking about myself in first person singular. Something in me--probably a dislike of cheap exhibitionism--stops me from approaching a project too autobiographically.
Pedro Almodovar: I do remember having extreme physical fear of the priests. One of the things we had to do was kiss the priest's hand, which I found revolting. The notorious abuser, who eventually had to leave, had this harem of about 20 boys.
Pedro Almodovar: I don't get involved with my actors. I don't get so involved with the films... If I lived like my characters, I would have been dead before I made 16 films.
Pedro Almodovar: Already when I was very young, I was a fabulador. I loved to give my own version of stories that everybody already knew. When I got out of a movie with my sisters, I retold them the whole story. In general they liked my version better than the one they had seen.
Pedro Almodovar: Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.