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The Human Voice

Spain, 2020, 75mins, Cert.15
Plus pre-recorded Q&A
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Film description

Showing in partnership with Leeds International Festival and LIFF Presents.

Jean Cocteau’s play The Human Voice is reimagined by legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, in this new 30 minute work – the director's first English-language film.

Shot over nine days in Madrid last July and shown to critical acclaim at Venice, London and New York film festivals – the film stars Tilda Swinton as a nameless woman traumatised by the end of a relationship, isolated in an apartment that’s also a stage set; her only companions her ex-partner’s dog and the betrayer’s presence on the other end of her phone.

The Human Voice will be followed by an insightful 45 minute recorded Q&A, with Tilda Swinton and Pedro Almodóvar.

Hosted by Mark Kermode, Pedro and Tilda discuss the inspirations they drew on for the film, how The Human Voice fits within the ‘Almodóvar oeuvre’, and what Pedro will be making next – including a great surprise for Tilda. Recorded under lockdown conditions, the discussion features visual references and clips to create a dynamic and interesting companion piece to the short film.


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