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

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas pose during a photocall for the film "Dolor Y Gloria (Pain and Glory)" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. [AFP Photo]

Spain's film academy said Thursday it has picked veteran director Pedro Almodovar's latest drama "" to represent the country at the Oscars.

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, Spain's Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

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.

"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.

Almodóvar won a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival last month.

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