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Dolor Y Gloria

Pain and Glory

Project information

Talent Samira Asgarova
Role of participant Distributor
Director Pedro Almodóvar
Producer Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García, Diego Pajuelo, Barbara Peiro
Screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar
Status finished

Production details

Running time 113 min
Genre Drama
Year of production 2019
Country of Production Spain
Production Company
El Deseo

still / picture for Dolor Y Gloria
still / picture for Dolor Y Gloria


Pain and 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: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, 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, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and 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.

Participation in international festivals / awards

Cannes Film Festival 2019 - Winner: Best Actor - Antonio Banderas
Winner: Cannes Soundtrack Award - Best Composer: Alberto Iglesias
Nominee: Palme d'Or - Pedro Almodóvar
Nominee: Queer Palm - Pedro Almodóvar

International Cinephile Society Awards 2019:
Winner: ICS Cannes Award - Prix du Jury: Pedro Almodóvar
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas

Sydney Film Festival 2019
Nominee: Sydney Film Prize - Best Film: Pedro Almodóvar