Pedro Almodovar
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NEW YORK CITY - Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is releasing a 'fragmentary autobiography' called 'The Last Dream' this Spring. The book is a collection of short stories about Almodóvar's life and will be released September 24.

After being called to write an autobiography by his fans, Almodóvar finally delivered. The Oscar winner has made a career out of defying boundaries, his films marked by melodrama, irreverent humor, bold colors and complex narratives — and his new book will probably not be an exception.

"I've never kept a diary, and whenever I've tried, I've never made it to page two; in a sense, then, this book represents something of a paradox," he said, according to an excerpt of the book released by HarperVia, a new imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. "It might be best described as a fragmentary autobiography, incomplete and a little cryptic."

According to HarperVia, "The Last Dream" includes 12 selections from Almodóvar's personal writings that reflect his "most intimate obsessions." The book will feature stories from all parts of the Oscar winner's life, ranging from the death of his mother to a search for painkillers on a bank holiday weekend to the tale of a repentant vampire.

"This compilation of short stories offers a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most influential and eminent directors working today, presenting a narrative that comes closest to a self-portrait, revealing a wildly inventive and unconventional creative mind," said Juan Mila, editorial director of HarperVia, in a statement.

Almodovar is coming off a year that saw him put forward only his second ever English-spoken project, the short film titled Strange Way of Life which starred Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal. The film was praised by critics and audiences alike but was snubbed for the short film category at the Oscars.

Besides his upcoming book, 2024 will also find Almodovar begin production on his next film, titled The Room Next Door, his first feature-length project spoken entirely in English. As with Strange Way of Life, this project will also cast some Hollywood A-listers in the form of Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton. Very little else is known about the project, but Almodovar's production company revealed last week that it is "a drama between mother and daughter that will be filmed in the spring in New York and Madrid." No word yet on the film's release date.

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