Pain and Glory | Jan 22 | 7pm
Principal Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz
A deeply personal work from one of the world’s foremost filmmakers, Pain and Glory is pure Almodóvar: inventive and irreverent, poignant and exhilarating. Chronicling the existential odyssey of a filmmaker confronting the autumn of his life, the Spanish auteur’s 21st feature immerses us in the thrall of memory (and the fleeting bliss of narcotics) while celebrating art as a balm for the burdens of mortality. Afflicted with creative stagnancy and a cluster of physical ailments, Salvador (Antonio Banderas, who won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance) finds himself drifting into uncharted waters when a revival screening of his controversial classic Sabor reunites him with that film’s star, Alberto (Asier Etxeandia). A longtime junkie, Alberto lures Salvador into seeking solace in opiates, and also reminds him of a script that Salvador wrote and abandoned long ago. Along with this forgotten text comes a flood of old acquaintances and vivid memories — some involving Salvador’s beloved mother (Penélope Cruz), others to do with an old flame ravaged by addiction.
Tickets $12 | Series Pass $50
Advanced tickets available online, by phone, at CityScape Community ArtSpace, or at the cinema 6:30-7pm before each screening. Tickets will be available for pick-up from the cinema’s will call table 6:30-7pm. Online ticket sales end at 3pm the day of the screening. Cash only at the door.