Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean 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. 

Maria Delgado

This screening will include a pre-recorded introduction and Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton.

Film runtime: 30 minutes

UK distribution Pathe UK

Tickets £10 (Members pay £2 less) on sale Thu 24 Sep 15:00 to BFI Champions and Patrons, Thu 24 Sep 16:00 to BFI Members and Fri 25 Sep 16:00 to the public.

Photo by Iglesias Mas