“Dolor y Gloria” is set up at El Deseo, the Madrid-based production house created by Almodovar and his brother Agustín to produce “The Law of Desire” in 1987.
Described by Almodovar as a film with male protagonists – in contrast to his last outing, “Julieta” – “Dolor y Gloria” (literally “Pain and Glory”) stars Banderas and Asier Etxeandía (“Velvet”) in the leading roles. Cruz and Julieta Serrano – “two actresses I adore,” Almodovar said Tuesday in a press statement – will play secondary roles.
“Dolor y Gloria” turns on “creation, both cinematographic and theatrical, and the difficulty of separating creation from one’s own life,” Almodovar said.
The film recounts “a series of meetings, some physical, others remembered decades later, of a film