Sony Pictures Announces Release Date for Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Pain & Glory’

Antonio Banderas in "Pain and Glory"

Sony Pictures Classics have announced the official release date for Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar’s new film “Pain & Glory.” It will release domestically on October 4.

The film stars Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas in a story about a film director reflecting back on his career and life. Also starring in the feature are Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia and Cecilia Roth.

The official press synopsis:

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.

Official BTS still from “Pain & Glory”

Written and directed by Almodóvar himself, the feature film was produced by Agustín Almodóvar through their company El Deseo and Esther García. Sony Pictures Releasing International premiered the film in Spain in late March. Almodóvar’s film received some glowing reviews from critics then. With an October release date, Almodóvar’s film will have a shot at reaching critical awards season attention. José Luis Alcaine is the cinematographer on the film, while a common collaborator with Almódovar, Alberto Iglesias (“Talk to Her,” “Volver”), composed the score.

“Pain & Glory” is scheduled to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

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