The American Film Institute paid tribute to the 25 years of El Deseo, the production company of Pedro and Agustin Almodovar, with a special screening of the film "La Ley del Deseo" (The Laws of Desire) in the presence of the director and of actor Antonio Banderas.

The event, part of the AFI Fest 2011, took place at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theater, very near the Kodak Theater where the filmmaker was awarded two Oscars, before an audience of hundreds who rose to their feet to greet the director of "Volver" (Coming Back) and "Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios" (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).

"This is very moving," Almodovar told Efe on the red carpet on his way to the screening of the first film produced by the El Deseo production company and which premiered in 1987, a time when, according to the director, "I absolutely never imagined" achieving such success in the movie mecca of the world.

Onstage at the theater, Pedro Almodovar thanked his brother Agustin, his partner in El Deseo, for all work he has done behind the scenes.

"Sometimes I get the impression that my brother is in this world to protect me, and he does it as the best producer I could ever dream of having," he said.

Antonio Banderas, star of five films by the Spanish director such as "La Piel que Habito" (The Skin I Live In), said that Almodovar "brings something new" to a world where the trend is to "globalize everything, including the emotions."

"We're all very much alike, but he is something like a glass of water in the desert," the actor told Efe.