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Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) and Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers) unite with Oscar Martínez (The Distinguished Citizen) in this bitingly funny behind-the-scenes satire of filmmaking from Argentine writer-directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat.
Finding his legacy lacking in prestige, an octogenarian tycoon (José Luis Gómez) impulsively decides to finance a great work of cinema. Demanding the best of the best, he purchases the rights to a Nobel Prize–winning novel about sibling rivalry and renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Cruz) is recruited to mastermind this ambitious endeavour.
A visionary with a penchant for offscreen theatrics, Lola casts as her embattled co-leads a pair of actors with massive talent but even bigger egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero (Banderas) and radical theatre actor Iván Torres (Martínez). Both are legends, but not exactly best friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric trials set by Lola, Félix and Iván must confront not only each other, but also their own legacies.
Awash in egomania and deliciously absurd hijinks, Official Competition is a playful yet sharp comedy skewering wealth, art, and pride.
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto International Film Festival 2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION (In Competition) – Venice International Film Festival 2021, Nominated Golden Lion Best Film
NOMINEE – Best Film, Audience Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021
NOMINEE – Best Actress in an International Production, Spanish Actors Union 2022
"A mismatched collective of artists and investors make a film for all the wrong reasons in this cheeky, funny showbiz comedy."
Tuesday 19th April
Oscar Martínez, Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Irene Escolar, José Luis Gómez
Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Spanish with English subtitles
Palace James Street, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Verona