SFF22 Official Competition

SFF22 Official Competition

SFF22 Official Competition

(Competencia oficial)

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) and Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers) unite with Oscar Martinez (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.

“A mismatched collective of artists and investors make a film for all the wrong reasons in this cheeky, funny showbiz comedy.”-Variety

Toronto International Film Festival 2021
(In Competition) – Venice International Film Festival 2021, Nominated Golden Lion Best Film

Best Film, Audience Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021
Best Actress in an International Production, Spanish Actors Union 2022

[Spanish with English subtitles]

Release Date: Apr 27, 2022
Rating: M
Runtime: 114 mins

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