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Sunday 2nd October 5:00 PM

Official Competition 

Director: Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat Country: Spain and Argentina
Cert: 15 Year: 2021 Length: 115 mins Language: Spanish
Official Competition

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 208KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 78.17% Attendance: 100




Put two actors who dislike each other in a film and you might have a disaster on your hands, but this is what Lola deliberately decides to do when given limitless money to make a movie. Starring "Penélope Cruz as Lola, a cutting-edge (read: screamingly pretentious) film director who's hired by an aging millionaire (José Luis Gómez) anxious to leave something behind as a legacy. (It's that or a bridge.) Given a hit novel to adapt – about two brothers locked in mutual hatred – and an unlimited budget, she casts Ívan (Oscar Martinez), the most respected theater actor of his generation, and Félix (Antonio Banderas), a movie star and sex symbol of the wattage of, well, Antonio Banderas" – Ty Burr’s Watch List.

'Official Competition' is, then a film about making a film which gives all three actors the chance to play comedy for a change, which they do to great reviews – "its lead performers Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez inhabit their fully-realized characters with such wit that it's a treat just to watch them exist" – Matt Zoller Seitz, We think you will enjoy the treat too.


open_quote An uproarious comedy that’s also deliciously well-performed close_quote Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

open_quote A sly satire of cinema that also manages to be a showcase for the comedic chops of its stars close_quote Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post



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