Date(s) - Sat, Nov 20, 2021
7:00 pm-10:00 pm

Loading Map....

D.R.A.W. at Energy Square


Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz star in Pedro Almodóvar’s witty, intelligent, tender and lacerating drama about an aging film director reflecting on his life.
“Almodóvar shows us that, even after nearly two dozen features over several decades, he can still hold an audience in his hand — and surprise it,” writes critic Moira MacDonald in The Seattle Times.
“The colors alone will inspire doctoral dissertations,” says Bob Mondello on NPR.
“Antonio Banderas gives the performance of his career,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.
“Penélope Cruz lights up the screen,” writes Manohla Dargis in The New York Times.
A story of memory and creation and youth and its loss, the semiautobiographical memoir depicts a series of encounters experienced by fictional aging film director Salvador Mallo (Banderas), now in physical decline and in the middle of a creative crisis.
As he surveys his life in an attempt to recapture the creative spirit that once inspired him, Salvador returns to significant life encounters — some painful, others beautiful; some remembered, others in the flesh:
• His childhood in the 1960s, when he emigrated with his parents to a Spanish village near the Mediterranean coast in search of prosperity.
• His is first adult love in Madrid in the 1980s.
• The pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense.
• Writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable.
• His early discovery of cinema.
• The infinite void created by his incapacity to keep making films.
Salvador explores creation, the difficulty of separating it from the rest of his life, and the passions that Salvador knows give his creations and life meaning and hope.
“Almodóvar boldly pulls back the curtain to reveal his own insecurities, embodied in the character of creatively blocked director Salvador Mallo,” writes Peter Debruge in Variety.
The 2019 movie won 69 U.S. and international festival and critic awards, including the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film’s trailer can be found on YouTube at
The movie, in Spanish with English subtitles, runs 1 hour 53 minutes and is rated R. Its title is “Dolor y Gloria” in Spanish.
The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments will be served.
Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute $10 a person.
Movies With Spirit screenings comply with all federal, state and local health and safety protocols, including those of the screening venues.