Pedro Almodóvar
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Spain
2019

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Pedro
Almodóvar

For most of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” —another release from the prodco he founded with younger brother Augustin and co-starring his go-to Penélope Cruz — was frontrunner for the Palme d’Or, a prize he nearly won in 2007 with “Volver.” It didn’t happen, but this latest film was almost universally praised as a beautifully directed, thinly veiled account of his own life, including the influence of his mother, his younger days in Spain’s Movida Madrileña, his physical ailments and his love for cinema. Venice honored Almodóvar this fall with a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement, recognizing his status as one of the world’s great auteurs, clearly still capable of opening a movie on the strength of his name alone.

Career

  • VOLVER
  • WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
  • PAIN AND GLORY

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Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas on Milestones, Health Scares and Oscar Buzz at 'Pain and Glory' NYFF Premiere

Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas on Milestones, Health Scares and Oscar Buzz at 'Pain and Glory' NYFF Premiere

Pedro Almodóvar turned 70 this week, celebrating the milestone at the New York Film Festival premiere of his latest film “Pain and Glory.”“I feel at home here. I was born at film festivals. It is a part of me,” the auteur told Variety before the screening of his most personal project to date.The director presented his 12th NYFF selection in four decades as he opened up about the occasion and the gift of working with his film's star, Antonio Banderas,...

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