We’re delighted to announce that Pedro Almodóvar’s English-language debut The Human Voice has joined this year’s thrilling LFF Shorts programme. The short, which is freely based on Jean Cocteau’s play, presents a woman on the edge portrayed by Tilda Swinton waiting for her lover to call.

The film will screen at BFI Southbank on Saturday 17 October and will be accompanied by a pre-recorded introduction and Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton.

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Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton’s unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times

The 64th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is taking place from Wednesday 7 October to Sunday 18 October 2020. Over the 12 days the festival will be its most accessible ever, presenting more than 50 virtual premieres and a selection of highly anticipated new feature film previews at BFI Southbank as well as in cinemas across the UK, offering audiences a unique chance to engage with the festival in different ways.

Explore the full programme. All tickets are available to book now.
The Human Voice is written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, produced by Agustín Almodóvar and Esther García and stars Tilda Swinton.

Originally published: 24 September 2020