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Official Competition

"Detail is what makes Official Competition a joy to behold. From film festival press conferences to deadly serious discussions about process to unquenchable rivalries, it hits the nail on the head again and again. Yet it also has a fondness for the characters it depicts, ridiculous as it knows them to be. There is a warmth that leaps out from the reaction shots that each actor is given in abundance. If you want to know what has been the funniest film at the Venice Film Festival, there is no competition."
— The Playlist

In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do so, he hires the best: a stellar team formed by famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) and two renowned actors, both enormously talented, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater thespian Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both legends, but not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric challenges set by Lola, Felix and Iván must face not only each other, but also their own legacies.

Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, José Luis Gómez

Director: Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Rating: Rated R

Runtime: 114 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Satire, Subtitled

Year: 2022

Country: Spain/Argentina

Language: In Spanish with English subtitles