THE Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has finally won the Golden Lion of Honour from the Venice Film Festival held in Italy on Wednesday.
The Manchego/born director has had to wait over 30 years for the recognition of his work and upon receiving the award declared that it was “poetic justice”.
During his illustrious career he has been behind over 20 films spanning more than three decades and has been considered one of the most important and influential Spanish filmmakers of this generation.
Upon receiving the prize from fellow filmmaker Luis Buñuel, he welcomed the fact that he had finally been recognised by the board.
He said: “I think that if you live long enough, you end up being right.”
He commented that the Golden Lion award was his recognition for his performance ´for the whole race´ but pointed out that the honour was 31 years late for a film he released in 1988.
This was a direct reference to the movie ‘Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios’ (Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown) which received critical acclaim at the time.
Almodóvar’s latest movie, starring Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz and Asier Etxeandia has been a huge success at the famous Cannes film festival.