Almodóvar's 'Pain and Glory' picked to bid for a 2019 Oscar

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019 file photo, Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar kisses the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement he received during a photo call at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Spain's Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday Sept. 5, 2019 that "Pain and Glory," Pedro Almodovar's latest drama inspired on his own biography, will represent the country at this year's Oscar Awards in Hollywood. With Thursday's designation, the film cast by Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz will compete with other global entries for a nomination as Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP, File)

Spain's Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences says that Pedro Almodóvar's latest drama "Pain and Glory" will represent the country in the competition for this year's Oscars

MADRID — Spain's Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences says that Pedro Almodóvar's latest drama "Pain and Glory," which was inspired by his own life story, will represent the country in the competition for this year's Oscars.

The film starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz will compete with other global entries for a nomination as Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. The Spanish Academy's selection was announced Thursday.

"Pain and Glory" received broad acclaim at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France, where Banderas won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a film director in his decline who flirts with drugs and has to confront his own past.

In June, Almodóvar won a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

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