NEW YORK (May 1, 2019) – Sony Pictures Classics today announced that they will release Academy Award-winner Pedro Almodóvar’s newest film, PAIN & GLORY, in the United States on October 4, 2019. The film will screen In Competition at the Cannes International Film Festival. 

PAIN & GLORY tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered. First loves, second loves, his mother, mortality, an actor with whom the director worked, the sixties, the eighties, the present and the emptiness, the immeasurable emptiness at the impossibility of continuing to film. PAIN & GLORY talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

Written and directed by Almodóvar, the film was produced by Agustín Almodóvar through their company El Deseo and Esther García.

The film stars Antonio Banderas (THE SKIN I LIVE IN; TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN) as well as Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia (WILD TALES), Raúl Arévalo (I’M SO EXCITED!), Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, DARK HABITS, MATADOR) and the collaboration of Penélope Cruz (ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, VOLVER, BROKEN EMBRACES).

The Director of Photography is José Luis Alcaine (THE SKIN I LIVE IN, VOLVER), and Almódovar collaborator Alberto Iglesias (TALK TO HER, VOLVER, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, THE KITE RUNNER) composed the score.

Sony Pictures Releasing International released the film in Spain on March 22nd to glowing reviews and a strong box office return.

SPC and El Deseo have previously collaborated on eleven films including THE SKIN I LIVE IN, BROKEN EMBRACES, VOLVER, BAD EDUCATION and TALK TO HER. In the fall of 2016, Sony Pictures Classics made all of Almodovar’s films available for the first time in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. That entire catalog remains available in North America via Sony Pictures Classics on a variety of platforms.

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 39 Academy Awards® (35 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 173 Academy Award® nominations (147 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

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