Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria)
Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria)

Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory will open the Miami Film Festival’s fall season extension, Miami Film Festival GEMS 2019, scheduled for October 10 to 13, at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami.

Miami Film Festival’s long history with Almodóvar extends more than 35 years to when his third feature, Dark Habits, premiered at our first edition in 1984,” said Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante. “Pain and Glory is Almodóvar’s most personal film to date and his special history with Miami Film Festival makes it the perfect introduction to our fall showcase of films that will dominate conversations in the upcoming award season.”

Pain and Glory follows Salvador Mallo (played by Antonio Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival for this role), a Spanish film director in his 60s who is invited by the Madrid Cinematheque for a retrospective screening of one of his earliest films, Sabor. The invitation triggers a series of remembrances, reacquaintances and re-evaluations of his childhood, his first adult love, his discovery of cinema, and his relationship with his deceased mother (played in her younger years by Penélope Cruz, and later years by Julieta Serrano).

In keeping with Pain and Glory’s spirit of “looking back”, the Festival has created a parallel program of retrospective screenings of key works from Almodóvar’s career, leading Miami audiences through their own remembrances and reconsiderations of Almodóvar’s journey up to Pain and Glory. The retrospective program begins Aug 27th at Tower Theater Miami and will include films that represent all four decades of Almodóvar’s work, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, High Heels, Talk to Herand Broken Embraces.

The GEMS Opening Night event on October 10 will transform Tower Theater Miami into “Casa Almodóvar” with a gallery exhibit of classic Almodóvar film posters, images in vignettes, and a post-screening gala party, Sabor de Almodóvar, sponsored by Estrella Damm.

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