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Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar to receive sixth Lumiere Award this year

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NEW DELHI: Renowned Spanish filmmaker and script writer Pedro Almodovar is to receive the sixth Lumiere award at the Lumiere festival later this year.

The festival will be held in Lyon and Greater Lyon in France from 13 to 19 October.

The Lumiere award was created to celebrate a filmmaker in Lyon, the very place where the cinematograph was invented by Louis and Auguste Lumiere, and where they shot their first film, Workers Leaving the Factory, in 1895.

The Lumiere award is a distinction reflecting time, gratitude, and admiration for filmmakers who have filled the lives of millions of cinegors.

Awarded by Bertrand Tavernier, Thierry Fremaux and the Institute Lumiere team, Almodovar will receive the Lumiere Award ‘for his filmography, for his intense passion for the cinema that nourishes his work, for the generosity, exuberance, tolerance, and audacious vitality he brings to the screen, and finally, for the fundamental place he holds in the culture and history of both Spain and Europe.’

Winner of several Oscars and crowned with multiple awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Almodovar has made 19 feature films since the 1980s. Producing films with his brother Agustin through his own production company El Deseo (Desire) underlines an uncompromising independence, hailing from his debuts in the Madrilenian underground. From the awakening of Spanish culture during the Movida years to international renown, Pedro Almodovar has become one of the greatest and most celebrated Hispanic artists on the planet. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, High Heels, Live Flesh, All About My Mother, Volver, The Skin I Live In... So many of Pedro Almodovar’s films have touched, transported, and overwhelmed audiences the world over. 

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