Two names are all you need to know that “The Human Voice” is a must-see short film. Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton. One is a director that is in the discussion as the very best in the entire world, while the other is an actress that always makes interesting choices but never fails to impress no matter the film. Together, they have combined forces for a new short film, “The Human Voice,” and we have the first trailer to tease audiences into a frenzy with a story of longing and desire, wrapped in exquisite costuming and music.
In our review from this year’s Venice, we said, “Given his familiarity with the material, it can hardly be said to break new ground, so depending on your standpoint it’s either a delightful bauble accessorizing one of the most vibrant and idiosyncratic filmographies in the modern European canon, or a delightful key to unlocking same – an Almodóvarian 5-Hour-Energy shot delivered in 30 minutes. Either way, ‘The Human Voice’ is a delight.”
“The Human Voice” recently had its world premiere back in September at the Venice Film Festival. Since then, the film has played the New York Film Festival and will come to the BFI London Film Festival later this month. Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights for the short and will release it soon.
Here’s the full description from this year’s NYFF:
Tilda Swinton swallows up the screen as a woman traumatized by the end of a relationship in Pedro Almodóvar’s first English-language film. In 30 mesmerizing minutes, Swinton’s nameless character runs through a frightening gamut of emotions, from despair to fury to exhilaration, all while isolated in a luxurious apartment that’s also a stage set; her only companions are her ex-partner’s dog, Dash, and the betrayer’s unheard presence on the other end of her phone. Almodóvar used many of his frequent collaborators, including cinematographer José Luis Alcaine and composer Alberto Iglesias, for this impeccably designed yet combustible adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s 1930 play The Human Voice.
You can watch the trailer below: