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

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. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)

MADRID (AP) -- Pedro Almodovar'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 Penelope 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.

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

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