Curzon has released the brand new trailer for Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s acclaimed comedy, OFFICIAL COMPETITION, which will open in cinemas across the UK and Ireland and exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema on 26 August 2022.
The film stars Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Oscar Martínez.
OFFICIAL COMPETITION had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2021.
Independent cinema darling and Cannes Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Cruz) is approached by ageing, ailing business mogul Humberto Suárez (José Luis Gómez) to make a film that he hopes will be his legacy for the world.
Intended as an adaptation of a much-loved literary work, Cuevas has more experimental intentions than some turgid piece of heritage cinema. Given carte blanche over the casting – Suárez’s only condition was that she choose ‘the best’ – she pits acclaimed but stiflingly snobbish ‘Actor’ Ivan Torres (Martínez) against handsome but superficial screen icon Felix Rivero (Banderas), believing that the inevitable tension between the two can only help the film’s dynamic. She couldn’t be more right, as the three gather for a nine-day rehearsal that sees each pushed to their wits’ end and underpins Cuevas’ belief that art is suffering.