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Pain and Glory (Opening Night Film)

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Pedro Almodóvar

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: Dolor y gloria

Running Time: 112min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Special Events, Films

Pain and Glory is legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s most personal, semi-autobiographical film to date.

The film centers on Salvador Mallo (played by Antonio Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival for this role), a Spanish film director in his 60s. Salvador receives an invitation by the Madrid Cinematheque for a retrospective screening of Sabor, a film that he made more than 30 years ago. The invitation triggers a comical, edgy reunion with Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandia), the actor who starred in Sabor, and then later a reunion with Federico Delgado (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the Argentinian man who was Salvador’s first adult love just as many years ago. Floating in and out of Salvador’s memories is his unresolved relationship with his deceased mother (played in her younger years by Penélope Cruz, and later years by Julieta Serrano).

Pain and Glory has all the characteristics of the greatest Almodóvar classics – it is funny, emotional, sensual and deeply moving. Yet it is also very different from all of Almodóvar’s other films, with its air of reflection and spiritual tranquility, taking us into new territory, closer than ever to the maestro’s brilliant vision of life, love and loss.

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Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Producer: Agustín Almodóvar
Screenwriter: Pedro Almodóvar
Executive Producer: Esther García
Production Company: Sony Pictures Classics, El Deseo

Music: Alberto Iglesias
Cinematographer: José Luis Alcaine
Editor: Teresa Font

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandía, Penélope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Julieta Serrano

Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar is Spain’s most prominent living filmmaker. Highlights of his filmography include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (88), for which he received his first Academy Award nomination, and the two Oscars he won for All About My Mother (99) and Talk to Her (02). Almodóvar's films have premiered at Miami Film Festival on several occasions, including Dark Habits (83), What Have I Done to Deserve This? (84), Law of Desire (87), Kika (93) and now Pain and Glory (19).