Official Competition (2022)

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Director: Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn Run Time: 114 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Antonio Banderas, José Luis Gómez, Manolo Solo, Oscar Martinez, Penélope Cruz

Country: Spain, Argentina
Language: Spanish

About the film:

Premiered at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic movie, he demands the best. Renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas is recruited to mastermind this ambitious endeavour. Completing the all-star team are two actors with massive talent but even bigger egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero and radical theatre actor Iván Torres. 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. Who will be left when the cameras finally start rolling?

Controlled pacing, visual punchlines, and an insider knowledge of the varied pretensions within filmmaking make this a consistently amusing …vehicle for the well-honed comic sides of two of Spain’s most famous exports.

—Sophie Monks Kaufman for The Playlist

About the filmmaker: 

Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn are TV and film directors and producers from Argentina. They began their career in TV in 1999, when they created and produced Televisión Abierta, an innovative and interactive TV show where the viewers created the content by requesting a cameraman to visit them to record a short clip (less than a minute). They both won the Konex Award Merit Diploma in 2002. They began their career in film with documentaries like Enciclopedia (1998) and Yo Presidente (2006) that obtained the First Prize in the International Festival of Independent Cinema from Mexico and the Best Prize for Documentary Film at the Malaga Film Festival.

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