Almodovar finally wins a major prize in Spain
17 May 2006, MADRID — Film director Pedro Almodóvar has been awarded the Prince of Asturias award for arts.
17 May 2006
MADRID — Film director Pedro Almodóvar has been awarded the Prince of Asturias award for arts.
The award, regarded by the Spanish-speaking world as the equivalent of an Oscar, is the biggest prize the director has ever received in his own country.
Almodovar has won two Oscars and a host of other major cinematic awards outside Spain.
He was told of the news as he headed to the Cannes Film Festival where his latest film Volver has been nominated for a prize.
"I feel very honoured. It has been a surprise because there were candidates who deserved it more than I did. And I say that without any sense of false humility," he said.
Almodovar has long complained that he has been overlooked in his own country.
"This fills many empty spaces," he said.
Frank Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, was also nominated.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news