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Pain and Glory
15 September 2019 - 11 October 2019| €6 – €7 | Tickets
Dates and Times:
Sunday, 15 September, 2019 – 8.30pm
Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 – 7.30pm
Friday, 20 September, 2019 – 7.30pm
Sunday, 22 September, 2019 – 8.00pm
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 – 7.30pm
Tuesday, 1 October , 2019 – 7.30pm
Friday, 11 October , 2019 – 7.30pm
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
Price: €7 / €6 (Cinema Club Members)
Pain and Glory is the latest film by visionary Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. The films follows Salvador Mallo a veteran film director, afflicted by multiple ailments, the worst of which is his inability to continue filming. His physical condition doesn’t allow it and, if he can’t film again, his life has no meaning.
The mixture of medications, along with an occasional flirtation with heroin, means that Salvador (Antonio Banderas) spends most of his day prostrate. This drowsy state transports him to a time in his life that he never visited as a narrator. His childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia, in search of prosperity. His mother (Penelope Cruz) is the beacon of that era, struggling and improvising so that the family can survive. Also the first desire appears. 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. Writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema when films were projected on a whitewashed wall, in the open air. The cinema of his childhood smells of piss (the children urinated behind that wall), of jasmine and of the summer breeze. And also cinema as the only salvation in the face of pain, absence and emptiness. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.
Antonio Banderas won Best Actor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this interpretation of Salvador.
St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
- 113 mintues
- Spanish with English Subtitles