“Mi obra maestra”, a MEDIAPRO Group co-production with Arco Libre and Television Abierta, was presented at the Venice International Film Festival in the Official Selection (out of competition).
The film, directed by Gastón Duprat, stars well-known Argentine actors Guillermo Francella and Luis Brandoni. Duprat has directed titles such as “The artist”, “The man next door” and “The distinguished citizen”, which was handed the Copa Volpi award for Best Actor at the Mostra de Venecia in 2016 and the Goya for Best Ibero-American Film in 2016, among others. He is also co-writer with Andrés Duprat.
It was Duprat’s second time attending the festival where he was praised by the critics. On this occasion, for his comedy about friendship. In attendance to the film’s premiere were the two starring actors, director and screenwriter, as well as producers Jaume Roures, Mariano Cohn and Fernando Sokolowicz.
“Mi obra maestra”, which premiered in theatres in Argentina on August 16, is placed second at the box office and will reach Spanish cinemas on November 16. Contracorriente Films is overseeing distribution in Spain meanwhile Latido Films handles international distribution.
The film’s cast brings together two of the great acting names of Argentinian cinema: Guillermo Francella (“The secret in their eyes”, “Casados con hijos”, “The Clan”), and Luis Brandoni (“Waiting for the hearse”, “All in”, “It’s not you, it’s me”). Along with them is Spanish actor Raúl Arévalo (“Marshland”, “Negociador”, “One Hundred Years of Forgiveness”), who plays a young man determined to learn from Renzo (Luis Brandoni), a surly and noticeably declining painter. Argentine Actress Andrea Frigerio completes the cast in the role of Dudú, an important international gallery owner.
This comedy about the relationship between two ragtag characters brought together by an old friendship was shot at iconic locations of Buenos Aires, the spectacular Argentine region of Jujuy and the Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art in Brazil.
“Mi obra maestra” is a co-production by Televisión Abierta and Arco Libre (Argentina) and the MEDIAPRO Group (Spain), with the participation of Orange and Movistar+, which tells the story of the relationship of two very unusual friends. Arturo (Guillermo Francella) is a charming and sophisticated yet quite unscrupulous gallery owner. He runs his art gallery in the centre of Buenos Aires, a city that fascinates him. Renzo (Luis Brandoni) is a surly and noticeably declining painter. He hates social contact and is pretty much homeless. Although the gallery owner and the painter are united by an old friendship, they do not see eye to eye in almost anything. Both their universes and ideas are polar opposite, which generates tension and countless arguments between them. But despite these differences, they are great friends. And that friendship is what drives the plot of this film.
“Mi obra maestra” is the latest title to join the list of over fifty productions of the MEDIAPRO Group with directors such as Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Fernando de León de Aranoa, Javier Fesser, Isabel Coixet, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Patricio Guzmán or Roman Polanski. Some of which have been credited with a total of 2 Oscars and 3 Oscar nominations, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Independent Spirit, 1 Vulcaine at the Cannes Festival, 1 Silver Bear from the Berlinale, 27 Goyas and 1 Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Festival.