5:00 PM, 1st October, 2022
Gina (Sally Phillips) is surprised to find a male sex worker knocking on her front door on her 50th birthday, offering to do anything she wants. However it’s his turn to be surprised when she asks him to do what no one else will do for her: clean her house.
When her friends find out how she’s used their gift, they decide they also want a sexy cleaner with the “extra service”. And so begins Gina’s all-male house-cleaning business.
As the business takes off, Gina and the other women in her town learn to acknowledge the deep desires they’ve had for so long, but have been too afraid to fulfil. How to Please a Woman is a fun and refreshing Australian comedy about women embracing their later stage of life with the same vigour as in their younger years – with bonus house cleaning tips.
7:30 PM, 1st October, 2022
Finding his legacy lacking in prestige, an octogenarian tycoon (José Luis Gómez) impulsively decides to finance a masterpiece of cinema. To achieve this lofty goal, he purchases the rights to a Nobel Prize-winning novel and sets out to recruit the best of the best to adapt it into a film: renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz).
To star as the feuding siblings at the heart of this ambitious endeavour, Lola enlists two acting legends – Hollywood heart throb Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theatre actor Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez) – who aren’t exactly best friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric trials set by Lola, Félix and Iván must confront not only each other, but also their own legacies. Who will be left when the cameras finally start rolling?
A biting satire of all-too-familiar awards season filmmaking, Official Competition offers deliciously absurd hijinks as it skewers wealth, art and pride.