Pain and Glory(HKLGFF 2019)
Multiple Winner at Cannes Film Festival 2019: Best Actor (Banderas), Best Composer (Alberto Iglesias); Palme d’Or and Queer Palm Nominee (Pedro Almodóvar).
With classics including ‘Volver’ and ‘Matador’, cult filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is a key shifter in Spanish cinema, known especially for his pioneering filmic exploration into sex and identity. In ‘Pain and Glory’, Almodóvar — a confessed sufferer of crippling panic attacks and chronic back pain — alludes to his own upbringing and career through character Salvador Mallo, the director facing a murky creative block. In deteriorating health, Mallo revisits characters from his sun-kissed youth in ‘60s Valencia, relives the wounds of his first love, and retraces his creative path. Almodóvar’s own frailties are laid bare on this canvas of Spanish stone.
Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia