Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas reunite on Cannes red carpet

Reuters . France | Published: 00:00, May 19,2019

 
 

(From R) Pedro Almodovar, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas pose on the red carpet at 72nd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2019. — Reuters photo

Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, long-time collaborators of director Pedro Almodovar, turned up the glamor on the red carpet at Cannes on Friday for the Spaniard’s latest outing, a contender for the top prize at the film festival.
Wearing a vintage-style white lace and navy dress, with a circle skirt, Cruz headed up the Croisette’s famed steps for the international premiere of Pain And Glory, alongside Banderas and the filmmaker, who was decked out in an all-black ensemble and sunglasses.
The autobiographical tale stars Banderas as Almodovar’s tormented alter ego - a film director looking back at his childhood and past romances, and reflecting on his life’s work - while Cruz plays his mother at the time of his youth.
‘There’s a lot of me in the movie. But as soon as you start writing, fiction takes over,’ Almodovar, who headed up the jury at Cannes’ cinema showcase in 2017, told Canal+ TV on his way into the screening.
The film, well-received by critics, has already premiered in Spain.
Almodovar’s movies helped propel the acting duo to global stardom. The director, meanwhile, has won two Oscars - with All About My Mother awarded the best foreign language film in 2000, and for the best original screenplay with Talk to Her in 2003 - but never the top Palme D’Or at Cannes.
The Cannes Film Festival runs until May 25.

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