Official Competition 15

Fri 26 Aug 2022 – Thu 1 Sep 2022
★★★★ – Flickering Myth



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Director: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Oscar Martínez

Year: 2021

Duration: 114 mins

Certificate: 15

"★★★★★ – A hilarious and incisive skewering of vanity projects and the egos which propel them into the ground" – HeyUGuys

"Every line delivery is immaculate, and Cruz in particular, with her ginger frizzy locks, proves that she is a comic behemoth who has too long been laid dormant" – Little White Lies

★★★★ – Flickering Myth

★★★★ – Variety

An ageing pharmaceutical tycoon purchases the film rights to a Nobel prize-winning novel and hires unconventional auteur Lola (Cruz) to bring his pet project to life.

Lola casts two acting titans for the film’s leads – Iván (Oscar Martínez), a revered stage actor committed to his art , and Félix (Banderas), a blockbuster star known for his glitzy celebrity lifestyle. As Lola applies her demanding process to the actors, their egos create a drama all of their own.

There are plenty of films about filmmaking, but none quite as warm-heartedly satirical as Official Competition, openly ridiculing the egos involved with actors and directors alike. Wacky, outrageous, and beautifully brought together with the immense talents of its three stars.

Spanish with English subtitles