PAIN AND GLORY – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The Spanish auteur (“Talk to Her,” “The Skin I Live In”) wisely turned to his frequent collaborator Antonio Banderas to star in his autobiographical drama. Banderas earns his best actor prize from Frances’ Cannes Film Festival – and seems to be a shoo-in for an Oscar nod – with his magnetic turn as Salvador Mallo, celebrated filmmaker plagued with a cavalcade of physical maladies.

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PAIN AND GLORY – TIFF19 Review by Alexandra Heller Nicholas

In Pain and Glory Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas paint a portrait of a man in crisis through a shared understanding and acceptance of the volatility of human suffering, and how it can often manifest in unexpected ways. With one of the most beautiful twist reveals of any film this year, they remind us just how magical and enduring their professional relationship has been.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Penelope Cruz Honored at San Sebastian FF – Brandy McDonnell reports

Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival has revealed the first of its annual Donostia Awards, and will honor this year Penelope Cruz, who will also grace the festival’s 2019 official poster. Spain’s most internationally recognized actress, Cruz has been a regular presence at San Sebastian for more than two decades.

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