Official Competition

Screening Dates:
Wed 5 October 2:30pm

Directors: Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn

Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, José Luis Gómez, Irene Escolar

Independent cinema darling and Cannes Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Lola Cuevas is approached by ageing, ailing business mogul Humberto Suárez 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 against handsome but superficial screen icon Felix Rivero, 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.

This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy