The UK premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, Pain and Glory, was not short of artistic celebration. Thriving in the rain the outdoor screening at London’s Somerset House this month was a lively vision of Celebrities—artist Yinka Shonibare and fashion designer Pam Hogg—joined regular punters to watch Almodóvar’s most autobiographical film to date, with Antonio Banderas in a career-defining turn as an honored film director. The established setting for the protagonists of the film is filled with copies of Almodóvar’s art collection. The collection included works by Spanish painters Guillermo Pérez Villalta and Sigfrido Martín Begué. The art, coupled with the film’s music, is “one of the most autobiographical aspects of the film,” Almodóvar says. At the premiere, Banderas—who also collects art spoke of his love for open-air cinema, while Almodóvar said that his abiding childhood memory of the film is one of “wee, of jasmine and summer breeze” after “boys would take a pee” against the whitewashed wall onto which films were projected. The two laughed in conversation, sharing stories of love, and loss, particularly the loss of their art collections amid breakups. Art brought the house up and stood as a source of bonding throughout the premier.
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