The holy trinity of modern Spanish filmmaking came to the capital this evening as Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz joined director Pedro Almodóvar for the UK premiere of Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria).

The film 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.

Appearing longside Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz are Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas and Julieta Serrano. The film was written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, produced by Agustín Almodóvar, with an original score composed by Alberto Iglesias (who previously worked with the director on Volver, The Skin I Live In, Julieta).

The cast and director came to the capital today for the UK premiere of the film and Alastair Hall and Scott Davis were on the red carpet and conducted these interviews.

Pain and Glory Premiere Interviews


PAIN AND GLORY tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity. His first desire; his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense and writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable; his early discovery of cinema; and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity for him to keep on making films.


Pain and Glory will be released in cinemas from the 23rd of August in the UK and the 4th of October in the UK.