Giddyup, cowboys, we're going to France!
On the latest episode of Dua Lipa's podcast, At Your Service, Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodóvar announced that his upcoming short film, Strange Way of Life, will premiere at next year's Cannes Film Festival.
The half-hour film stars Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke and is described by Almodóvar as a “queer Western, in the sense that there are two men and they love each other.”
In an interview with Indiewire earlier this year, the Volver director said Strange Way of Life "could be like my answer to Brokeback Mountain."
According to EW, Hawke will "play a sheriff, while Pascal plays another middle-aged gunslinger who lives on the opposite side of the desert." The two reunite after they were both hired gunmen 25 years earlier.
"After twenty-five years Silva (Pascal) rides a horse across the desert to visit his friend Sheriff Jake (Hawke). They celebrate the meeting, but the next morning Jake tells him that reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their friendship," reads the IMDB plot summary.
Élite actor Manu Ríos will also appear in a "currently undisclosed role."
“It’s about masculinity in a deep sense, because the Western is a male genre,” described Almodóvar. “What I can tell you about the film is that it has a lot of the elements of the Western — it has the gunslinger, it has the ranch, it has the sheriff — but what it has that most Westerns don’t have is the kind of dialogue that I don’t think a Western film has ever captured between two men. And now I think I’m telling you a little bit too much.”
"One of them travels through the desert to find the other," Almodóvar revealed in his IndieWire interview. "There will be a showdown between them, but really the story is very intimate."
In a statement when the film was initially announced, Almodóvar said: “I won’t say any more because I don’t want to reveal all the script’s surprises."
Strange Way of Life was filmed in English and shot in Southern Spain. With a 2023 Cannes premiere, audiences can probably expect to see it screen at additional film festivals throughout the year.