Pedro Almodóvar's Gay Western Starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke to Premiere at Cannes

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday December 3, 2022
Originally published on December 2, 2022

Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar poses for photographers at the red carpet ahead the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Malaga, southern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar poses for photographers at the red carpet ahead the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Malaga, southern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020  (Source:AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Director Pedro Almodóvar is sharing more details about his hotly anticipated upcoming gay cowboy short film, and he let it slip on Dua Lipa's "At Your Service" podcast that the film will have its premiere at Cannes.

As reported by Variety, the film, titled "Strange Way of Life," stars Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke and features "Élite" heartthrob Manu Ríos in an unspecified role.

Almodóvar described the half-hour film as a "queer Western, in the sense that there are two men and they love each other." He explained that Pascal and Hawke's characters "behave in that situation in an opposite way."


"It's about masculinity in a deep sense, because the Western is a male genre," Almodóvar said. "What I can tell you about the film is that it has a lot of the elements of the Western — it has the gunslinger, it has the ranch, it has the sheriff — but what it has that most Westerns don't have is the kind of dialogue that I don't think a Western film has ever captured between two men."

But he could be "telling you a little bit too much," he said.

Shot in English, the story centers on a man, Silva, riding on a horse across a desert to Bitter Creek. "He has come to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, the two men worked together as hired gunmen," Variety reports. "Silva comes with the pretext of re-encountering his friend from youth, but the following morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the real reason for his visit isn't memories of their old friendship."

Almodóvar previously said that the film's title nods to a famous fado written and sung by Amália Rodrigues, the basis of the fado being that there is no stranger existence than one that ignores one's own desires.

If you remember, Almodóvar was under consideration to direct "Brokeback Mountain." And now it sounds like he will get to do his own take on the genre.