Official Competition (Competencia oficial) 114 mins

4885 Official Competition

Starts Thu 21 Jul at:
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When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic movie, he demands the best. Renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) 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 (Antonio Banderas) and radical theatre actor Iván Torres (Oscar 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. Who will be left when the cameras finally start rolling?

Alternating between exacerbating the actors’ mutual antipathy and uniting them in their discomfort with her psychologically tumultuous rehearsal techniques, Lola seeks to capture the drama of two alpha males vying for the limelight — but it won’t be long before the gambit goes off the rails.

Awash in egomania and deliciously absurd behind-the-scenes hijinx, Argentine writer-directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s Official Competition is an ingenious, icy satire. Largely a chamber piece, the film provides its central trio with ample opportunity for both vulnerability and scenery-chewing. Martínez deftly reveals the childish wounds underlying Iván’s high ideals, while Banderas utilizes his star power to craft a portrait of a man consumed by his own celebrity. But it’s Cruz, sporting a magnificent cloud of ginger curls, who becomes the film’s anchor as a master manipulator looking on as her grand scheme spirals out of control.

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


"The funniest homage of the film industry in years." Collider

"Packed with belly laughs." Little White Lies

Spanish with English subtitles

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