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Pedro Almodóvar, Writer: Hable con ella. The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford Pedro Almodóvar is arguably the best and certainly the most renowned (in contemporary times) filmmaker from Spain. Almodóvar emerged in the midst of La Movida Madrileña (The Madrid Scene), a time of counterculture movements following the death of fascist dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, who had ruled Spain since the Spanish Civil War in 1939.