Javier Bardem and Fernando León de Aranoa are firing on all cylinders in this convulsive, hilarious and accomplished dark comedy about the indignities of working life. A tour de force of satire, a delirious trip of a film at a moment when life feels too intense, too broken and just too darn sad.” - Cineuropa, Alfonso Rivera
““Played with an inspired fusion of mundanity and menace by Bardem, Blanco is a riveting, slippery, unctuous protagonist-villain. With its wry outlook and flashes of visual jokery, the laughs are there.” - Variety, Guy Lodge
Thursday, March 17 at 8:00pm | Blanco, the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence. But the veneer of the perfect company cracks as Blanco has to deal with a vengeful fired worker, a depressed supervisor, and an infatuated ambitious intern. To win the competition, the manipulative "good boss" shamelessly meddles in his employees' private lives and crosses every line imaginable, unknowingly starting an explosive chain reaction with wild consequences. Chicago premiere.
Awards & Nominations
Winner - Días de Cine Award, Best Spanish Actor (Javier Bardem)
Shortlist - Best International Film, Academy Awards
Nominee - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Supporting Actress (Sonia Almarcha), Best Original Screenplay, Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain
Official Selection - Palm Springs International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival
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