Almodovar ends six-year row with Spanish film academy

8th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar is to return to his country's national film academy, six years after he quit in a row over the system of attributing its annual awards, his production company said Friday.

Almodovar, Spain's best known filmmaker abroad but less well recognised by his peers in his own country, left the academy in 2005 along with his brother, producer Agustin Almodovar.

"We did not feel liked" there, Agustin Almodovar said at the time.

The brothers were angry over the system used by the academy to attribute the Goya awards, Spain's equivalent of the Oscars.

"The two brothers will return to the academy," a spokeswoman for his production company, El Deseo, said Friday.

She gave no further details, but the decision comes just days after the election of a new director of the institution.

The brothers quit the academy after the 2004 Goya awards ceremony, in which Alejandro Amenabar's "Mar Adentro" ("The Sea Inside") picked up 14 trophies but Almodovar's "La mala educacion" ("Bad Education") garnered none of the four Goyas for which it was nominated.

Relations between Almodovar and the film academy were already tense after his 1990 film "Atame!" ("Tie me up! Tie me down!") failed to win a single Goya despite being nominated in nine categories.

However, "Todo sobre mi madre" ("All About My Mother") won seven Goyas in 1999, a work which also won the Oscar for best film in a foreign language.

Almodovar also won an Oscar for best screenplay for the film "Hable con ella" ("Talk to Her") in 2002.

© 2011 AFP

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