A Sony Pictures Classics Release

Pain and Glory


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 created by 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.


Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Since his introduction to American cinema, Antonio Banderas is irrefutably one of the leading international actors of his generation. He has received critical praise for his performances in film, television and theater, as well as behind the scenes as a feature film director. In 2005, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His second directorial feature is the Spanish film El Camino De Los Ingleses (titled Summer Rain in the U.S.). A coming of age story, the film follows the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s. He made his directorial debut with Crazy in Alabama starring Melanie Griffith.

In 2003, Banderas earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company production of NINE, a musical inspired by Fellini’s 8 ½. He also received a Best Actor Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award and Theatre World Award. NINE, directed by David Leveaux, also starred Chita Rivera.

Banderas has worked with some of Hollywood’s best directors and leading actors including Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado opposite Salma Hayek and the sequel Once Upon a Time in Mexico opposite Johnny Depp; Original Sin opposite Angelina Jolie; Alan Parker’s Evita opposite Madonna, in which he received his first Best Actor Golden Globe nomination; Martin Campbell’s The Mask of Zorro opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, in which he received his second Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, and the sequel The Legend of Zorro; Neil Jordan’s Interview with a Vampire with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt; Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia opposite Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; Bille August’s House of the Spirits with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close; and Brian de Palma’s Femme Fatale. He was nominated for his third Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance as the infamous Pancho Villa in HBO’s 2003 release of And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.

Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas attended the School of Dramatic Arts in his hometown, and upon graduation he began his acting career working in a small theater company based there. He later moved to Madrid and became an ensemble member of the prestigious National Theater of Spain.

In 1982, Banderas was cast by writer/director Pedro Almodóvar in Labyrinth of Passion. It was the first of eight films Banderas would do with Almodóvar, the others being Matador, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!. The international success of these films introduced him to Hollywood. Banderas can also be seen in La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In) and I’m So Excited, also written and directed by Almodóvar.

Other film credits include: Life Itself, Beyond The Edge, The Music of Silence, Security, Black Butterfly, The 33, Automata, Knights of Cups, The Expendables 3, SpongeBob: Sponge Out Of Water, Machete Kills, Justin and the Knights of Valour, Ruby Sparks, Haywire, Black Gold, Day of the Falcon, Puss In Boots, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, The Big Bang, The Other Man, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After Take the Lead, Spy Kids trilogy, Miami Rhapsody, Four Rooms, Assassins, Never Talk to Strangers, Two Much, The 13th Warrior, Play it to the Bone and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

Banderas can also be seen in National Geographic’s limited series Genius: Picasso for which he’s received a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice and SAG Award nominations for lead actor in a limited series. His upcoming projects include Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat starring opposite Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman; The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle alongside Robert Downey Jr., Emma Thompson and Rami Malek.

Recently Banderas won Best Actor at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for his compelling portrayal of “Salvador Mallo” in Pedro Almodóvar’s autobiographical drama Pain and Glory. This is Antonio’s 8th film with Almodóvar.

This October, Banderas will co-direct and co-star in the Spanish language version of the classic musical A CHORUS LINE at his new theater Teatro del Soho Caixabank in Malaga.


Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

Academy Award-winner Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses of today by playing a variety of compelling characters and becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated for and to win an Academy Award.

First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films “Jamon, Jamon” and “Belle Epoque,” in 1998 she starred in her first English language film, “Hi-Lo Country” for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th Annual Goya Awards given by the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba’s “The Girl of Your Dreams.”

Confirming her status as Spain’s hottest international actress, Cruz landed a series of coveted roles. She appeared in Billy Bob Thornton’s “All the Pretty Horses,” Fina Torres’s “Woman on Top,” Alejandro Amenabar’s “Open Your Eyes,” Maria Ripoll’s “Twice Upon a Yesterday,” and Nick Hamm’s “Talk of Angels.” Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almovodar’s “Live Flesh” and critically acclaimed “All About My Mother” which was awarded the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Next up for Cruz was New Line’s “Blow” for director Ted Demme and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” opposite Nicolas Cage. After that, Cruz starred opposite Tom Cruise in the erotic thriller “Vanilla Sky.” She then tackled “Masked & Anonymous,” “Fan Fan la Tulipe,” which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and “Don’t Tempt Me.” She received rave reviews for her eagerly awaited performance in “Don’t Move” (Non ti Muovere) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and European Film Award for Best Actress.

To add to her already brilliant and diverse choice of film credits, she starred in films including “Gothika”; “Head in the Clouds”; “Noel”; and “Chromophobia.” Cruz also co-stared with Matthew McConaughey and William H. Macy as Dr. Eva Rojas in the action packed film “Sahara.”

In 2006, Cruz starred in “Volver,” which again teamed her with director and dear friend Pedro Almodóvar. Critically acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won the “Best Actress” awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Cruz went on to star in “Elegy” opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson. Cruz won an Oscar, a BAFTA, an NYFCC, and an NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

In 2009, Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar were back in action for the fourth time with “Broken Embraces” which she again received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Lena. Also in 2009, Cruz teamed up with director Rob Marshall and co-starred alongside Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day Lewis and Marion Cotillard in the film version of the musical “Nine.” Her standout portrayal of Carla garnered SAG, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Her third Oscar nomination made history as it marked only the third time in Oscar history where the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for Best Supporting Actress again in the following year.

In 2011, Cruz starred opposite Johnny Depp in the international blockbuster hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth installment of the movie series directed by Rob Marshall. That summer Cruz also filmed Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" which was released on June 22, 2012. The Rome-set film also stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Cruz starred in Ridley Scott’s 2013 thriller “The Counselor” alongside Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. She went on to star in “Twice Born” directed by Sergio Castellitto, with whom she previously starred in his critically acclaimed film "Don't Move."

In 2016 Cruz starred in “Zoolander 2,” the long awaited sequel to the 2001 comedy directed by and starring Ben Stiller, as well as Louis Leterrier’s “The Brothers Grimsby,” alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Ian McShane, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher. She went on to produce and star in “Ma Ma,” directed by acclaimed Spanish director Julio Medem. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and was released in May 2016. Fernando Trueba’s “The Queen of Spain” was released in November 2016 and earned Cruz her 9th Spanish Goya Award nomination.

In 2018, Cruz appeared in 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel, with a strong ensemble cast including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, and Josh Gad, as well as Kenneth Branagh who also directed. She also starred in “Loving Pablo” opposite Peter Sarsgaard and Javier Bardem. Written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, the film follows a journalist who strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. The film premiered at the 2017 Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals.

In January 2018, she made her US television debut as Donatella Versace, the sister of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace, in FX’s “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the third installment in the Emmy-winning anthology series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Her performance led her to an Emmy nomination for “Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie,” a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television,” and a SAG Award Nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.” In March 2018, she was presented with the Honorary César Award for her collective work in film from France’s Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43nd Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris.

Cruz most recently starred in Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language psychological thriller “Everybody Knows” which premiered the Opening Night of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Next up, Cruz will appear in “355,” a large-scale espionage film set to be released January 15, 2021, directed by Simon Kinberg with an all-star international spy cast including Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong’o. She will also star in “Wasp Network,” a drama film written and directed by Olivier Assayas starring Edgar Ramirez, Wagner Moura, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Ana de Armas.


Asier Etxeandia

Asier Etxeandia


"DOLOR Y GLORIA" - Dir. Pedro Almodóvar

"SORDO" - Dir. Alfonso Cortés Cavanillas

"NADIE MUERE EN AMBROSÍA" - Dir. Héctor M. Valdez

"LA PUERTA ABIERTA" - Dir. Marina Seresesky

"LA NOVIA" - Dir. Paula Ortiz

"MA MA" - Dir. Julio Medem

"LOS DÍAS NO VIVIDOS" - Dir. Alfonso Cortés Cavanillas


"SIETE MINUTOS" - Dir. Daniela Fegerman

"MENTIRAS Y GORDAS" - Dir. Albacete y Menkes

"LAS TRECE ROSAS" - Dir. Emilio Martínez Lazaro

"CAFÉ SÓLO O CON ELLAS" - Dir. Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo

"EL PRÓXIMO ORIENTE" - Dir. Fernando Colomo

"LA MIRADA VIOLETA" - Dir. Nacho Pérez de la Paz y Jesús Ruiz


"LA LÍNEA INVISIBLE" - Movistar Plus / DIR. Mariano Barroso

"VELVET COLECCIÓN" - Movistar Plus


"VELVET" - Antena 3


"LA FUGA" - Tele5

"EL ANGEL DE BUDAPEST" - Dr. Luis Oliveros - TVE

"TORMENTA" - Dr. Daniel Calparsoro - Antena 3

"VUELO IL8714" - Telecinco



"CARTAS DE SOROLLA" - Dir. Jose Antonio Escriba




"LOS SERRANO" - Telecinco

"EL COMISARIO" - Telecinco





"EL INTERPRETE" - Dir. Asier Etxeandia

"LA CHUNGA" - Dir. Juan Ollé

"LA AVERÍA" - Dir. Blanca Portillo

Premio Max Mejor Actor Protagonista

Premio Unión de Actores Mejor Actor Protagonista

"MEDEA" - Dir. Tomaz Pandur

"HAMLET" - Dir. Tomaz Pandur

"BARROCO" - Dir. Tomaz Pandur


"INFIERNO" - Dir. Tomáz Pandur

"CABARET" - Dir. Sam Mendes

"FEROMONA FEROZ" - Dir. Asier Etxeandia

"BADUM" - Dir. Ander Lipus

"FASCINACION" - Dir. Patxi Bilbao

"GALOPA MI CORAZON" - Dir. Carlos Baiges


Leonardo Sbaraglia

Leonardo Sbaraglia

Leonardo began his cinema career with “La Noche De Los Lápices” (1986), a political docudrama directed by Héctor Olivera.

In 1987 he became well know in Argentina as part of the cast of the series “Clave De Sol”, where he worked for the first time with director Marcelo Piñeyro on the film “Tango Feroz: La Leyenda De Tanguito” (1993) with whom he later shot: “Caballo Salvajes” “Cenizas del Paraíso” and the internationally acclaimed: “Plata Quemada”.

As a result of that success, he had his Spanish cinema debut in “Intacto” (2001), a thriller directed by the Oscar nominated Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, for which he was awarded the Goya for Best Newcomer that year. In 2001 he shot “En la Ciudad Sin Límites” with Fernando Fernán Gómez and Geraldine Chaplin. During the years he lived in Spain, he worked with directors including Vicente Aranda, Gerardo Vera, Manuel Huerga, Rodrigo Cortés and Maria Ripoll.

In 2010, he returned to Argentina to shoot the HBO series “Epitafios” with Cecilia Roth and Julio Chávez. The series was Emmy nominated and Leonardo received his first Emmy nomination, as Best Actor. From then, he shot films all around the world, with directors such as: Adrián Caetano, Rodrigo Grande, Alberto Lequi, Alfonso Pineda, Anahí Berneri, Martín Hodara, Cesc Gay, among others.

In 2014 he shot the great international success “Wild Tales” directed by Damián Szifrón with Ricardo Darín and Óscar Martínez.

Following “Pain and Glory”, in 2019 he shot “Wasp Network” with Penélope Cruz and Gael García Bernal.



Pedro Almodóvar

Writer / Director

PAIN AND GLORY is Pedro Almodóvar’s 21st full-length feature film as Director.

Pedro was born in Calzada de Calatrava, province of Ciudad Real, in the heart of La Mancha, in the 50s. When he was eight, he emigrated with his family to Estremadura. There he studied for his elementary and high school diplomas respectively with the Salesian Fathers and the Franciscans. At seventeen, he left home and moved to Madrid, with no money and no job, but with a very specific project in mind: to study cinema and direct films. It was impossible to enroll in the Official Film School because Franco had just closed it. Despite the dictatorship that was suffocating the country, for an adolescent from the provinces, Madrid represented culture, independence and freedom.

He worked many, sporadic jobs but couldn’t buy his first Super8mm camera until he got a “serious” job at the National Telephone Company of Spain in 1971. He worked there for twelve years as an administrative assistant, sharing this job in the mornings with other multiple activities which provided his real training as a filmmaker and as a person. In the mornings, at the Telephone Company, he got an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish middle class at the start of the consumer era, the seventies, its dramas and its misfortunes, a real gold mine for a future storyteller. In the evenings and nights, he wrote and acted with the mythical independent theatre group Los Goliardos and made films in Super- 8 (his only school as a filmmaker). He collaborated with various underground magazines and wrote stories, some of which were published. He was a member of a parodic punk-rock group, Almodóvar and McNamara, etc. And he had the good fortune that his personal explosion coincided with the explosion of the democratic Madrid of the late seventies, early eighties. That was the period the world knew as La Movida.

His films are the heirs and witnesses of the brand new born Spanish democracy. After a year and a half of eventful shooting on 16mm, in 1980 he opened PEPI, LUCI, BOM, a no-budget film made as a cooperative effort with the rest of the crew and the cast, all beginners, except for Carmen Maura. In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo S.A. with his brother Agustín. Their first project was LAW OF DESIRE. Since then, over the past 30 years, they have produced all the films that Pedro has written and directed, and have also produced other young directors. In 1988, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN brought him international recognition. Since then, his films have opened all around the world. With ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER he won his first Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and also the Golden Globe, the César, 3 European Film Awards, the David de Donatello, 2 BAFTAs, 7 Goyas and 45 other awards. Three years later, TALK TO HER had the same or better fortune (Academy Award for Best Script, 5 European Film Awards, 2 BAFTAs, the Nastro de Argento, the César and many other awards throughout the world but not in Spain). He produced four very special films, highly rated throughout the world for their valor and delicacy (MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, THE HOLY GIRL, THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS and THE HEADLESS WOMAN, by Isabel Coixet and Lucrecia Martel alternatively).

In 2004, BAD EDUCATION was chosen to open the Cannes Festival. It received extraordinary reviews throughout the world. It was nominated for numerous awards (Independent Spirit Awards, BAFTAs, César, European Film Awards) and won the prestigious Award for Best Foreign Film given by the New York Critics’ Circle and also the Nastro de Argento. In 2006 he was awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award to the Arts. That very same year he presented VOLVER in competition in the Cannes Film Festival, where it got the Best Screenplay Award as well as the Best Actress Award for the six actresses of the film, led by Penélope Cruz. The film received 5 EFA awards, 5 Goya awards, the Fipresci award, the National Board of Review, and many others (up to 72). Penélope was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award, which was the first time a Spanish actress was nominated for a Spanish speaking film. Up to now, VOLVER has been his most popular film in terms of box office.

In 2009, BROKEN EMBRACES starring Penélope Cruz and Lluis Homar was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe as well as the Best Film Not in the English Language BAFTA. In 2011, THE SKIN I LIVE In starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet won the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe Award as well as multiple Goya Awards in Spain. In 2013, he returned to comedy with “I’m So Excited”, starring Javier Cámara, Hugo Silva, Antonio de la Torre, and Miguel Ángel Silvestre. In 2014, he produced the Argentinean film WILD TALES, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, and won the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language, as well as multiple awards and prizes around the world.

He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award to the Arts, as well as a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from Oxford University, and his work and the Spanish Cinema that inspired him was the subject of a retrospective organized by the British Film Institute in 2016. He was previously awarded an Honorary Degree from Harvard University in 2009; SAG's Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement in 2015; and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Some of his films have been adapted into plays (All About My Mother) and even into musicals (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).


1974-79 Various films of differing lengths on super-8mm, including some on 16mm (SALOMÉ)






1985-86 MATADOR






1993 KIKA




















Alberto Iglesias

Original Score

Spain’s most acclaimed composer, Alberto Iglesias, has solid classical training that includes piano, guitar, composition and counterpoint, as well as electronic music studies. His considerable experience in film composition began in 1980.

A composer for the concert hall (orchestra, ensemble and string quartet), Alberto Iglesias’ work in ballet also includes original scores for dancer/choreographer Nacho Duato and his National Dance Company. He wrote and produced “Cautiva” (1992), “Tabulae” (1994), “Cero Sobre Cero” (1995) and “Self” (1997), all of which were performed worldwide.

He has composed scores for such avant-garde Spanish directors as Pedro Almodóvar “The Flower of My Secret”, “Live Flesh”, “All About my Mother”, “Talk to Her”, “Bad Education”, “Volver”, "Broken Embraces", "The Skin I live In",“Los amantes pasajeros”, “Julieta”; Julio Médem “Vacas”, “La ardilla roja”, “Tierra”, “Los amantes del Círculo Polar”, “Sex and Lucia”, “Ma Ma”; Iciar Bollain “Take my eyes”, "Even the rain", Bigas Luna “La camarera del Titanic” and Carlos Saura “Dispara”; Isabel Coixet “Spain in a Day”.

Mr. Iglesias also composed scores for the films “Comandante” Oliver Stone, “The Dancer Upstairs” John Malkovich, “The Constant Gardener” Fernando Meirelles and “The Kite Runner” Marc Foster, "Che" Steven Soderbergh, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Tomas Alfredson, “Two faces of January Hossein Amini; “Exodus: Gods & Kings” Ridley Scott.

He won the European Film Award for Best Original Soundtrack for “Volver” and the World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack of the Year (Flanders International Film Festival, Ghent) as well as his nominations for both an Academy Award and BAFTA for “The Constant Gardener". He has also been awarded ten Goyas and numerous European accolades. He has also won the Satellite Award for Best Original Soundtrack for “The Kite Runner” and he was nominated for the Golden Globes and for the Academy Awards for second time in 2008.

His next score was written in 2008 for the two films of Steven Soderbergh about Ernesto Guevara´s life, CHE El Argentino and Che Guerrilla.

In 2009 Alberto Iglesias wrote the music for Almodóvar’s film "Broken Embraces".

During 2010, he composed the music for "También La Lluvia", directed by Icíar Bollaín, and "Le Moine", directed by Dominik Moll.

In 2011, Alberto Iglesias worked with Almodóvar in his film "The Skin I Live In". Also, and in the same year, he wrote the music for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", a film directed by Tomas Alfredson.

Finishing 2011, Alberto Iglesias recieved the Hollywood Film Composer Award for both "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "The Skin I Live In" in the 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards.

In 2012 he was nominated for the Academy Awards -for third time- and for the BAFTA price for the film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy". Mr. Iglesias also composed the music for the film “Los Amantes Pasajeros”, directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

Between 2013 and 2016 Mr. Iglesias composed the music for the films “Two Faces of January” (Hossein Amini, 2013), “Exodus: Gods & Kings” (Ridley Scott, 2014), “Ma-Ma” (Julio Médem, 2015), “Julieta” (Pedro Almodóvar, 2016), “Spain in a Day” (Isabel Coixet, 2016), “La Cordillera” (Santiago Mitre, 2017), “Quién te Cantará” (Carlos Vermut, 2018), “Yuli” (Icíar Bollaín, 2018).

During these years, Alberto Iglesias is awarded the Platinum Prize for Ibero-American Cinema in three consecutive editions for his work in "Juileta" (2017), "La Cordillera" (2018) and "Yuli" (2019).

In 2019 he received the Gold Medal of the Fine Arts of the Culture Ministry.


José Luis Alcaine

Director of Photography

Born in Morocco, José Luis is one of Spain’s most prolific and international directors of photography. He studied at the Official Film School in Madrid and is a member of the Spanish Association of Cinematography.

He has worked with a multitude of directors in various countries and languages. In Spain he has collaborated with Vicente Aranda, Fernando Trueba, Bigas Luna, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Fernando Colomo, John Malkovich, Pilar Miró, Victor Erice, Carlos Saura, Fernando Fernán-Gómez and Montxo Armendáriz, among others. Responsible for lighting on over one hundred films, he is working with Pedro again on “Pain and Glory” after having collaborated on “Bad Education”, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down”, “Volver”, “The Skin I Live In”, and “I’m So Excited”.

To date he has received five Goyas for his excellent work behind the camera on films such as “Belle Epoque” (Fernando Trueba), “El pájaro de la felicidad” (Pilar Miró), “El sueño del mono loco” (Fernando Trueba) and “El caballero Don Quijote” (Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón), and “Las 13 rosas” (Emilio Martínez Lázaro).


Teresa Font


Teresa has edited more than 80 films, tv series, shorts and a number of documentaries. In 1976, after having spent a sabbatical year in London to study English (1974), she began to work as apprentice and later on as assistant film editor for different film editors in Barcelona, Spain. In 1977 she was offered an in-house-editor job in the Spanish Television Network “TVE” in Barcelona. There she learned to cut reports and documentaries on 16 mm reversible film. In 1978, in spite of having a full time job, she enrolled in the Universidad Central de Barcelona, in Barcelona, where she got a Degree on English Literature in 1983. Those were formative, hard working years, combining both her interests in Cinema and in English Literature. In 1979 she cut her first feature film “Nemo”, a passion project by director Jesus Garay. In 1981 she edited a documentary film “Numax Presenta” directed by Joaquín Jorda, who introduced her to film director Vicente Aranda.

Soon after, Vicente Aranda offered her to cut his feature film “Asesinato en el Comité Central” (1982). That was the beginning of a fruitful colaboration from 1982 which amounts to 18 movies, among others: “Amantes” aka “Lovers” (1992) Nominated Goya for Best Editing, “El Lute” (1988), “Juana La Loca” aka “Mad Love” (2001) Nominated Goya for Best Editing and “Carmen” (2003) Nominated Goya for Best Editing, and also the tv series “Los Jinetes del Alba” aka Riders of the Dawn (1990). In 1984 while working for the Spanish Television Network she edited a 5 episode tv series “Las aventuras de Pepe Carvalho” aka “The Adventures of Pepe Carvalho” directed by argentinian director Adolfo Aristarain. In 1989 she began a collaboration with director Imanol Uribe, for whom she cut 8 movies, amongst others “Días Contados” aka “Numbered Days” (1994) Won Goya for Best Editing; and “El Rey Pasmado” aka “The Dumbfounded King” (1991).

Other highlights include: “Dolor y Gloria” (2019) directed by Pedro Almodóvar, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” (2018) directed by Terry Gilliam, “La enfermedad del Domingo” (2017) directed by Ramón Salazar, “Las Furias” aka “The Furies” (2016) directed by Miguel del Arco, “La Adopción “ aka “The Adoption” (2015) directed by Daniela Fejerman, “The Healer” (2015) directed by Paco Arango, “Creditors” (2014) directed by Ben Cura, Winner Award of Merit Special Mention at the Accolade Competition Award 2016, “Mr Nice” (2010) directed by Bernard Rose, “Mal día para pescar” aka “Bad Day to go Fishing” (2009) directed by Alvaro Brechner, “Perdita Durango” aka “Dance with the Devil” (1997) directed by Alex de la Iglesia, “El día de la bestia” aka “The Day of the Beast” (1995) directed by Alex de la Iglesia, for which I won the Cinema Writers Circle Awards CEC Award for Best Editing, and was Nominated Goya for Best Editing, “Jamon Jamon” (1992) by Bigas Luna, “Berlin Blues” (1988) directed by Ricardo Franco, nominated Goya for Best Editing.

She was lucky enough to cut movies at a time when editors in Spain were also sound editors, which meant editing and being in charge of the different sound processes such as dialogue, effects, foleys and music editing. Sound editing has been a most fascinating and valuable experience for her because it gave her some of the tools she considers essential to be able to edit in an effective and creative way, from disguising a bad cut to manipulate time and pace. It has also made her aware of the hidden power of sound to excite emotions in the audience. Although uncredited, she’s particularly proud of the work she did as sound editor of “Jamon-Jamon” (1992) directed by Bigas Luna, and in “El día de la Bestia” aka “The Day of the Beast” (1995) directed by Alex de la Iglesia.



Why Pedro Almodóvar's Newest Film Frightened His Friends

The New York Times

"The director who surprised even friends with his confessional new drama, "Pain and Glory," has turned inward, in life and on the screen."

Review: 'Pain and Glory' is Pedro Almodóvar at his best

Los Angeles Times

"A surprise in all ways except its surpassing quality, "Pain and Glory" reveals master Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar forging dazzling new paths while being completely himself."