MediaPro Studio gave Diversity Exclusive access to the international trailer for the San Sebastian World Premiering Workplace comedy “The Good Boss” starring Javier Bardem.
Offbeat and satirical, Fernando Leon de Aranoir’s “The Good Boss” is one of the most anticipated titles of the year to premiere in San Sebastian and was shortlisted as one of three finalists for the Spanish international feature film Oscar this week. Since the announcement of the film two years ago, there has been a stir around the film, and after several Spanish press screenings, excessive positive word of mouth spread, it is certain that the film will have an impact on the competition at the Basque festival.
“The Good Boss” takes place in and around the Blancos Básculas factory, where everything has to be balanced at all times. After all, they create scales of all shapes and sizes. There, the seemingly benevolent boss, Bardemus Blanco, is preparing his staff for an upcoming visit to a group of local businessmen visiting to pick one for a prestigious award.
Tensions began to rise, although recently fired employee Jose met with his two children and began demanding his job be restored. When Blanco’s management team refuses, a man starts a crusade to insult employee Blanco and prevent him from winning the coveted prize.
In the trailer, we see the origin of the conflict between Blanco and a disgruntled former employee who camps just outside the factory gates, importantly, on government property. We are introduced to Blanco’s longtime friend and employee Mirales, whose personal problems are negatively affecting his work performance, giving an idea of how far Blanco is willing to go to support those close to him, but also to the extent of his patience.
Blanco’s wandering eyes and occasional poor decision-making are similarly displayed, as he meets an attractive young intern who joins the factory’s marketing department. His incredible abilities are also demonstrated by staying calm under pressure, teasing one or two of what happens when peace is finally broken.
“The Good Boss” is produced by Reposado PC and MediaPro Studio with the participation of public broadcaster RTVE, TV3 and pay TV operator Orange. It will have its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival on September 21. Before its domestic theater premiere on October 15, it will be distributed by Tropicures.
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Lorena Jaramillo contributed to this article.