Penélope Cruz & Antonio Banderas Brochette Cannes, Film Festivals & More

It’s about to be film festival season again when things really kick off in May at Cannes Film Festival, and so what better time than to release the trailer for “Official competition», a comedy that confuses Cannes, the sequins of the red carpet and the entire industrial complex of the film festival. One of the best moments of last year Venice Film Festival“Official competition”, the film confuses the whole company and does it with tracks Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, in the same way Oscar Martínez, José Luis Gómez, Nagore Aranburu, Irene Escolar, Manolo Solo, Pilar Castro, and Koldo Olabarri.

Directed by Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn, our Venice reviewer described the film as entertaining fun: “Controlled pacing, visual punchlines, and a deep insight into the various pretensions within cinema make it a consistently fun – if not downright hilarious – vehicle for the well-rehearsed comedic sides of two of Spain’s most famous exports.

READ MORE: The ‘Official Competition’ starring Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas is an audience-pleasing comedy that confuses the claims of the movie world [Venice Review]

This is a very good endorsement. Here is the synopsis of Venice:

In search of importance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do this, he hires the best: a stellar team formed by the famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas and two renowned actors, both extremely talented, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero and the radical theater comedian Ivan Torres. Both legends, but not exactly best friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric challenges from Lola, Felix and Iván must not only come to terms with each other, but their own legacies as well.

In a director’s statement, Duprat said, “There are many films that show how a film is made, the problems of production, the difficulties and challenges of making a project come true. But there’s nothing quite like the kind of stuff that actors do, to make us cry, to make us laugh, to generate emotion. This film investigates this complex and extraordinary relationship, usually hidden from the eyes of the general public. The film highlights how these three acting talents create emotion in viewers while addressing issues such as the process of artistic creation, professional competence, egos, and the need for prestige and recognition.

“Official Competition” hits theaters this summer on June 17 via IFC Films. Watch the trailer below.

Martin E. Berry