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Antonio Banderas gives the performance of his career in new Pedro Almodóvar film, Pain & Glory!

The new Pedro Almodóvar film, PAIN AND GLORY is a study of acceptance,
revelation and reconciliation; it is about cinema’s relationship with the
past and its power to reshape memories as a means of coming to terms with
it. This film is also Spain’s official entry for the best International
Feature Film Oscar.

It has won two Cannes Film Festival Awards – Best Actor (Antonio Banderas)
and Best Soundtrack (Alberto Iglesias). The nominations for the Academy
Awards (Oscars) will be announced on 13 January 2020 and the official
Academy Awards ceremony will take place on 9 February 2020.

Watch the trailer here:

Antonio Banderas gives the
performance of his career as the aging filmmaker and onetime provocateur
Salvador Mallo – a role for which he was outfitted with Almodóvar’s
colourful shirts and high-tops. Sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and a shock
of hair (not unlike Almodóvar’s), the actor seems to shrink and grow
simultaneously, perfectly capturing both the strengths and weaknesses of his

Salvador is afflicted by multiple ailments, the worst of which is his
inability to continue filming. Racked by pain, both physical and
metaphysical, he has retreated into a depressive cycle. Explaining the
reasoning behind this, the director said: “I know very intimately the fear
that you might not be able to shoot because you’re not in the shape that it

A chance meeting puts him back in touch with an old collaborator, Alberto (
Asier Etxeandia), who became
estranged from Salvador during the making of their last film due to his drug
addiction. Alberto hasn’t fully kicked his heroin habit, but it’s Salvador
who is more at risk of falling into the lap of addiction. The pair’s newly
rediscovered friendship is tested after a disastrous – and hilarious –
drug-fuelled appearance at a screening of an old film of theirs.

After sneaking a look at a confessional monologue on Salvador’s laptop,
Alberto convinces Salvador to let him perform the monologue as a one-man
play. Salvador agrees, on the condition that he is not credited as the
writer. This simple action sets in motion a chain of events which prompts a
remarkable and tender reunion.

Fundamentally, PAIN AND GLORY has two tracks: The present, in which Salvador
makes amends with Alberto and then promptly gets hooked on heroin which,
mixed with his painkillers and generous helpings of alcohol, makes him drift
further and further into his memories – the second track of the film.

The flashbacks gradually reveal Salvador’s childhood with his mother,
Jacinta (beautifully played in the flashbacks by
Penelope Cruz), in their
meagre, cave-like rural home. Special mention is due to
Julieta Serrano, who
magnificently presents Salvador’s mother in her 80s. In a moment of
pin-sharp, bittersweet perfection she tells Salvador offhandedly that he was
never a good son.

PAIN AND GLORY is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. and will be released
in South African cinemas on 6 December 2019, but will be showcased at the
European Film Festival from 30 November to 4 December as follows:

JHB (SKT Rosebank Nouveau):

30 Nov at 20:45

4 Dec at 20:15

PTA ( SKT Brooklyn Nouveau)

1 Dec at 18:15

4 Dec at 20:00

CPT (SKT V&A Nouveau)

30 Nov at 20:15

4 Dec at 20:00

PAIN AND GLORY is Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s most personal and
greatest film to date. It is a tale of memory, regret and making peace with
his past. It blurs the line between art and life and mixes autobiography
with fiction to powerful effect. As the title suggests, the result is a
swirl of heartbreak and joy.



Rosebank Nouveau

Boorklyn Nouveau

V&A Nouveau


Hyde Park

V&A Waterfront


Labia Orange St.



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