Antonio Banderas will be presented with the CineMerit Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Munich Film Festival. The honor will be presented to Banderas, who will be present for the award, on June 29. Banderas seems to be in a cloud of award prospect since mid-May. Oscar buzz for “The Mask of Zorro” actor began in France when he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Pedro Almodóvar‘s latest, “Pain and Glory.” “We’re extremely pleased to be able to welcome Antonio Banderas to the Munich Film Festival at this high point in his career,” said Munich festival director Diana Iljine in a statement quoted on The Hollywood Reporter.
As announced on the Munich Film Festival page,
This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will present the festival’s special award, the CineMerit Award, to two outstanding actors. Joining English actor Ralph Fiennes will be Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. In Munich, Banderas will personally present Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, PAIN AND GLORY, for which he’s just received the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival.
With PAIN AND GLORY (in German cinemas starting July 25, 2019, distributed by Studiocanal), director Pedro Almodóvar presents a fascinating game of deception somewhere between fiction and autobiographical truth. Three different timelines depict the dazzling life of Salvador Mallo, a film director who unexpectedly finds himself at the end of his career. With fiery passion, Antonio Banderas portrays this man who was once brimming with creativity and a zest for life.
Banderas is a four-time Golden Globe-nominated actor. His work includes starring in “Desperado,” “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!,” “Evita” and “Genius.” He leads Almodóvar’s film as a light representation of the filmmaker, reflecting on fragments of his life as it comes around to him full swing. The Munich Film Festival takes place June 27- July 6. Banderas will also be in discussion at the fest’s Filmmakers Live! Talk.
StudioCanal is distributing “Pain and Glory” in Germany on July 25, while Sony Pictures Classics releases the film in the US October 4.
Could Antonio Banderas be inching closer to that Oscar? The road there is certainly open to it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!