Greystones Film Club: Official Competition

Official Competition (Spain/Argentina/15A/115mins)

The kind of movie that anyone with pretentions to putting some serious art up there on the big screen might just find a tough watch, as Penelope Cruz plays an acclaimed director hired by a millionaire to make a movie to guarantee his legacy. Money is no object, which means that there are no producers with their finger on the purse, making sure budgets and egos don’t run too wild.

Otherwise, the film’s leading men – Antonio Banderas’ box-office hunk and Oscar Martínez’s earnest thespian – might have been kept apart. About a mile apart.
Who knows if there were any particular actors or directors that the makers of Official Competition had in mind here, but Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat have a lot of fine with their three principals here, cruising that fine line between tragedy and comedy that makes up most film shoots.

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