Keith Garcia on the Sie FilmCenter’s Pedro Almodóvar Retrospective – Colorado News

Keith Garcia on the Sie FilmCenter’s Pedro Almodóvar Retrospective – Colorado News

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.

The Sie FilmCenter will host a Pedro Almodóvar retrospective throughout August.

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The Sie FilmCenter is hosting a twenty-film retrospective of Pedro Almodóvar, the brazenly independent filmmaker who has defined Spanish cinema in the post-Franco era and managed to keep his hands unsullied by the Hollywood machine.

Filmmaker, programmer and Westword contributor Keith Garcia, the brains behind the retrospective, has been an avid Almodóvar fan since he was an adolescent. When he was around twelve, he recalls, he saw Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on the shelves of the public library, checked it out and watched it half-a-dozen times. He was struck by the filmmaker’s love of women and the vivid world he created.

“I thought it was hilarious,” says Garcia, who dove into his newfound passion for foreign and independent film and eventually become a programmer at art-house theaters in Denver, including the Sie and the Alamo Drafthouse.

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All About My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar

As a kid coming into his gay identity, Garcia was thrilled when he learned that Almodóvar was also a gay man; the director served as a role model, proving that being gay didn’t limit what you could do in life.

Almodóvar is known for portraying strong women who find themselves embroiled in existential dramas, struggling to survive with whatever resources they can muster. Meanwhile, the men in Almodóvar movies are second-rate characters, mostly morally flawed and vile. “The men in his films are incredibly weak,” Garcia says. Women take care of women, and “Almodóvar…

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