Flamoyant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is featured in this week’s installment of Courtland Club Cinema, a new Monday night series in which directors (and sometimes actors) get a double-feature at the chichi Federal Hill bar. The specifics are only hinted at beforehand, and I thought these events were more or less private (which might explain the vagueness), but the Club recently took out a full-page ad on the back cover of Motif so I guess it’s not such a secret after all. I frequently love Almodóvar, whose 22 feature films range from campy comedy (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) to equally campy melodrama (All About My Mother) to more serious work like Bad Education. His recent Pain and Glory should pick up a couple of Oscar nominations this week (Best International Film for sure, and maybe Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, or even Best Director). Upcoming events at the club feature Studio Ghibli (yay), Gus Van Sant (eww), and two films starring Marisa Tomei. The movies are free but the cocktails are among the most expensive in the city.
pictured: Almodóvar, 1988