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Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas attend premiere of 'Pain and Glory'

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Published on March 14, 2019 - Duration: 00:49s

Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas attend premiere of 'Pain and Glory'

Banderas plays Pedro Almodovar's present-day tormented alter ego, and Cruz is his mother at the time of his youth in the Oscar-winning director's autobiographical film.

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Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas attend premiere of 'Pain and Glory'

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The autobiographical narrative, where Antonio Banderas plays Almodovar's present-day tormented alter ego, and Penelope Cruz his mother at the time of his youth, wraps up a trilogy which includes the 1987 "Law of Desire" and 2004 "Bad Education." Banderas, 58, and Cruz, 44, were previously billed together in Almodovar's 2013 eccentric comedy "I'm So Excited", which received mixed or average reviews.

The elegiac "Pain and Glory" focuses on various stages in the life of a film director, the relationship with his mother, romances, and the emotional distress of not knowing whether he will be able to keep directing films. "All the actresses I meet in Hollywood ask me what it's like to collaborate with Pedro and what they have to do to work with him, and I always tell them the same thing: learn Spanish," said Cruz, who in 2006 became the first Spanish actress to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category for her role in Almodovar's 2006 drama "Volver".

In the new film, Cruz also sings a Lola Flores piece along with Spanish Grammy award winner Rosalia, known for mixing traditional flamenco with urban music.

"I can tell you that it has been very emotional, it's been almost 40 years that we've been doing movies together," said Banderas, for whom "Pain and Glory" is his 8th collaboration with the filmmaker.

Almodovar, who headed the Cannes Film Festival jury in 2017, has won two Oscars - with "All About My Mother" awarded the best foreign language film in 2000, and for the best original screenplay with "Talk to Her" in 2003.

(Production: Sabela Ojea, Ella Wilks-Harper)

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