About Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

The film that launched celebrated Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s international career.

A black comedy that successfully melds melodrama and classic Hollywood screwball, it follows the trials and tribulations television actress Pepa, who may have a great career, but her love life is in turmoil. Featuring the director’s trademark vibrant colour palate, strong female characters and starring his long term collaborators Carmen Maura, Rossy De Palma, Julieta Serrano and a fresh-faced Antonio Banderas, it’s as exuberantly entertaining today as when it first hit screens 35 years ago.

Dir: Pedro Almodovar
Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Rossy De Palma, Julieta Serrano

In Spanish with subtitles

This screening forms part of Cheltenham International Film Festival, which marks its 5th anniversary in 2023. The festival will screen new films from around the world, plus film classics and is adding television, and new live events to its programme, along with guest celebrities.

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