Pedro Almodóvar says queer Western has genre-breaking dialogue

Pedro Almodóvar says queer Western has genre-breaking dialogue

” “There are two men who love each other,” says Pedro Almodovar.

Giddy up, partner. Director Pedro Almodovar gives new insight into his queer Western, Strange Way of Life.

The director revealed that the short film will star Ethan Hawke , and Pedro Pascal ,. It will have “the kind of dialogue I don’t believe a Western film has ever captured between 2 men.” ”

“This is a queer Western in the sense that there are two men and they love each other,” Almodovar explained on the latest episode of Dua Lipa‘s At Your Service podcast. They behave in that situation in a different way. “

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 02: Ethan Hawke attends the “Leopoldstadt” Broadway opening night at Longacre Theatre on October 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images); ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 28: Pedro Pascal attends the panel for “The Mandalorian” series at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney); LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 14: Writer/Director Pedro Almodovar from Sony Pictures Classics’ ‘Parallel Mothers’ attends the Deadline’s The Contenders Film at DGA Theater Complex on November 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Deadline)

Ethan Hawke (left) and Pedro Pascal (center) play cowboys in director Pedro Almodovar’s (right) upcoming queer Western, ‘Strange Way of Life. ‘

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The film tells the story of two men, sheriff Jake (Hawke) and gunslinger Silva (Pascal), who reunite after not seeing one another for 25 years.

“One of them travels through the desert to find the other,” Almodovar told IndieWire in June. Although there will be a showdown, the story is intimate. “

A Western at heart, Strange Way of Life may also play with some of the key tropes of this genre. Almodovar stated that the podcast is about masculinity because the Western is a masculine genre. It has the gunslinger. It has the ranch. It has the sheriff. It has the town. It has the showdown. “

While the genre has long been laden with queer subtext, it’s only in recent decades that Westerns like 2005’s Brokeback Mountain and 2021’s The Power of the Dog have garnered attention for pushing past its heteronormative barriers. Still, both films faced backlash from certain older cowboys. For example, Sam Elliott publicly criticized Jane Campion‘s Oscar-winning The Power of the Dog for its homoerotic themes. He later apologized for his comments.

Almodovar, who is still editing his film, said that he will unveil the final product at Cannes Film Festival in May.

“It’s very different,” he said to Dua Lipa. “It’s a new genre that I have never done before,” he said. He also said that Hawke and Pascal were the perfect cowboys to portray the movie. ”

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