Director: Fernando León de Aranoa
Cast includes: Javier Bardem, Almudena Amor
Thursday 11am screenings only £5 and include a free cuppa
116mins / 2021 / Spain, subtitles

A biting and acerbic character study with Javier Bardem in the titular role and a darkly funny social satire of the workplace.

Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town awaits the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award: everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, the company’s proprietor, Blanco (Bardem) pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process.

The writing of the dialogue is terrific. This was a hit in Spain, and achieved a record 20 Spanish Academy Goya Awards nominations; winning 6 including Best Picture and Best Actor.

“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.” (Guy Lodge, Variety)

Thursday 11am screenings only £5 and include a free cuppa.

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