Pedro Almodvar: I can no longer hide

The Spanish director reflects on the deeply personal experiences that inform his new film Pain and Glory Without film-making my life is meaningless, says Salvador Mallo, the depressed director at the heart of Pedro Almodvars new film. Hes ageing, hes ailing and lives all by himself in a big flat full of memories. His friends have all left and he fears his best work is behind him. Time is ticking; his body is breaking down. When Mallo is wheeled into theatre for a routine operation, it could almost be a dress-rehearsal for his death. Almodvar points out that the film is a fiction. He has no interest in documentaries and would never dream of making one. So the character of …