Film writer and director of Oscar-winning Talk to Her; also nominated for Volver, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
He lived in poverty as a youth; his father worked hauling barrels of wine.
He grew up in a poor family La Mancha and made ends meet by selling wares at flea markets.
One of four children of parents Antonio Almodovar and Francisca Caballero.
Penelope Cruz played the leading role in his film Talk to Her.