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Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are a riot in this delightful Spanish satire on actors, egos, and film art.

Although they are famous for multiple iconic movies with Pedro Almodóvar, and appeared (separately) in Pain and Glory (2019), incredibly Banderas and Cruz have only acted together on-screen once before, in the brief prologue to I’m So Excited (2013). If that was an amuse-bouche, this riotous comedy from Argentine filmmaking team Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat (2016’s The Distinguished Citizen) is a veritable feast. Cruz plays film director Lola Cuevas, a celebrated if unconventional auteur on the festival circuit. She is approached by an elderly pharmaceuticals millionaire (José Luis Gómez) who has decided to finance a masterpiece of cinema to burnish his legacy. There’s a Nobel prize-winning novel, and juicy roles for two male leads. Cuevas casts international movie star Félix Rivero (Banderas) opposite Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez), a revered, deeply serious stage actor, calculating that their diametrically antithetical acting practices will colour their performances. But the intensity of their rivalry threatens to spin her movie off its axis.

Two hours of sharp reflections deliciously wrapped in entertaining antics.

Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

 

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Directors

Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat

Cast

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

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Country of Origin

Spain/Argentina

Year

2021

Language

In Spanish with English subtitles

Awards

Audience Award, VIFF 2021

19+
114 min

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Tuesday June 28

1:00 pm
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5:40 pm
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Wednesday June 29

8:20 pm
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Friday July 01

3:30 pm
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8:05 pm
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Saturday July 02

4:00 pm
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Sunday July 03

4:00 pm
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Monday July 04

5:50 pm
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Tuesday July 05

8:05 pm
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Thursday July 07

5:50 pm
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Credits

Executive Producer

Javier Méndez, Laura Fernández Espeso, Javier Pons

Producer

Jaume Roures

Screenwriter

Andrés Duprat, Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Cinematography

Arnau Valls Colomer

Editor

Alberto del Campo

Production Design

Alain Bainée