At 17, he left home and moved to Madrid, with no money and no job, but with a very specific objective in mind: to study cinema and direct films. It was impossible to enrol in the Official Film School because Franco had just closed it. He worked at many sporadic jobs but couldn’t buy his first Super-8mm camera until he got a ‘serious’ job at the National Telephone Company of Spain in 1971. He worked there for 12 years as an administrative assistant, but shared this job with other activities which provided his real training as a filmmaker and as a person. He collaborated with various underground magazines and wrote stories, some of which were published. He was a member of a punk rock group, Almodóvar & McNamara. And he had the good fortune that his personal efflorescence coincided with the emergence of a democratic Madrid of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the period which was commonly referred to as LaMovida. His films are the heirs and the witnesses of the new democratic Spain. In 1980 he opened Pepi, Luci, Bom, a no-budget film made as a cooperative effort with the rest of the crew and the cast, all beginners, except for Carmen Maura. In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo SA with his brother Agustín. Their first project was Law of Desire (1987). Since then, they have produced all the films that Almodóvar has written and directed.
Pedro Almodóvar. La cara del placer, Paz Vega in Hable con ella, 2001.