The film is set to be released in cinemas and exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema next year.

Curzon has announced that Mariano Cohn & Gaston Duprat’s new film Official Competition will be released in UK and Ireland cinemas on the 26th August as well as being released exclusively onto Curzon Home Cinema. It had its world premiere at  Venice Film Festival 2021.

The film stars Penélope Cruz, Antonio Bandera and Oscar Martinez.  

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.


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