Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar’s new film with Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas and the special participation of Penélope Cruz, will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and will arrive in UK cinemas from 23th August.
The movie tells a series of reunions of Salvador Mallo, a film director now on the avenue of the sunset. Some of those reunions are physical, others remembered: his childhood in the 1960s, when he emigrated with his parents to Paterna, a city located in the province of Valencia, in search of fortune; the first wish; his first love as an adult in the Madrid of the 80s; the pain of breaking of this love when it was still alive and palpitating; writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable; the early discovery of cinema and the sense of emptiness, the immeasurable emptiness caused by the impossibility of continuing to make films.
Pain And Glory tells of the artistic creation, the difficulty of separating it from one’s life and passions that give it meaning and hope. Recovering his past, Salvador feels the urgent need to narrate it, and in that need, he also finds his salvation.