Pain & Glory

2019 / 113' / Spain / In Spanish with Chinese and English subtitles / Color

★ Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival

★ Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2019

★ Spanish Master Pedro Almodóvar’s latest work

Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them are in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 1960s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity; the first desire, his first adult love in 1980s Madrid; the pain of breakup while love was still alive and intense; writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable; the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

Dir:Pedro Almodóvar

Cast:Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano

Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar Caballero was born in 1949 to a rural family of a remote small town in Spain. As a young man, he doubted the education system and religion. He often spent time at the cinema and movies gave him a great comfort. The shooting style of Almodóvar is bright and colorful, focusing on taboo topics such as desire, homosexuality and religion, as well as stereotyped female images. He won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film with All About My Mother. He has continued to win many prestigious awards, including the Career Golden Lion in this year’s Venice Film Festival. Pedro Almodóvar Caballero is a key filmmaker with an extraordinary contribution to the film industry.