Spanish star Antonio Banderas won Best Actor at the Cannes film festival on Saturday for playing his friend Pedro Almodóvar in the director's new movie, Pain & Glory.
"Almodóvar is my mentor. We have been friends for 40 years... I saw things in the script that I didn't know about him. He was very sincerely confronting himself in front of an audience in the film," the actor said.
In the film, which also stars Penélope Cruz, Banderas plays a director who reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.
The prize-winners at the 72nd Cannes film festival:
Palme d'Or: Parasite by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea)
Grand Prix: Atlantics by Mati Diop (France)
Jury Prize: Les Misérables by Ladj Ly (France) and Nighthawk by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil)
Best Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium) for Young Ahmed
Best Actress: Emily Beecham (Britain) for Little Joe
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas (Spain) for Pain and Glory
Special Mention: It Must Be Heaven by Elia Suleiman
Best Screenplay: Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma (France)