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2019 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 5 – Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory

2019 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 5 – Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory

Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory becomes the auteur’s eighth trip to the Competition and already, comes positive buzz from way back in March having premiered locally before unpacking in front of international audiences. Flirting with the autobiographical, Pedro summoned players Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Cecilia Roth to once again join in the festivities. Despite winning Best Director for All About My Mother and Best Screenplay for Volver, the filmmaker has not yet won one of the top three prizes. This is a tale with certain biographical elements shifting between the present and the past. Sony Pictures Classics just picked up the rights.

With a trio having had caught local screenings ahead of international press, most of our panel have caught one of the numerous screenings both late yesterday and this morning. It’s the first official buss title of the fest, but not a unanimous chorus as his previous films to compete.

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Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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