VIDEO | Actor Javier Bardem, message for Romania: I’m sure you’ll laugh multiple times

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Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem sent a video message to Romanians promoting his new film El buen patrón (“The Good Boss”), a comedy with dramatic and satirical accents, the actor declaring that he is convinced that Romanians will laugh several times watching the film in cinemas  reports

The comedy film The Good Boss, directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, can be seen on the big screens in Romania. The film won multiple Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars) for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Original Screenplay, Best Music, Best Editing.

The Good Boss is a dramatic comedy that tells the story of the employees of the Spanish company Básculas Blanco, an organization that produces industrial scales, and who await the imminent visit of a committee that will determine whether or not they deserve the local Business Excellence Award. So everything has to be perfect. The owner of the company, Blanco (Javier Bardem) makes every possible effort to solve his employees’ problems. Blanco plays a very important role in this tragicomic story of an industrial ecosystem. Although the film is a comedy, it touches on the sensitive points of today’s society and carefully examines the personal and professional relationships within a family business that coordinates hundreds of workers.

“Skillful, charming and manipulative, Blanco keeps his finger on the scale, pulls the strings as he pleases. Blanco is a charismatic character, a player who shamelessly gets involved in the personal lives of his employees to improve the company’s productivity. A character we identify with despite his unscrupulous nature. I believe in an artistically complex and ambitious cinema, one that shows the world who we really are; and which, at the same time, manages to amuse us and challenge us from an emotional point of view, without dissociating ourselves from the truth and the lyricism of life. This is the cinema that demonstrates what we are and what we will become one day. Of all the challenges we faced, finding the balance between comedy and tragedy was the riskiest”, says director Fernando Leon de Aranoa.

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Javier Bardem comes from a family of actors. He is the son of the actress Pilar Bardem, the brother of the actor Carlos Bardem and the nephew of the director Juan Antonio Bardem. He started his career at a young age with a series of roles in Spanish series and films.

In 2002, under the direction of Fernando León de Aranoa, he starred in Mondays in the Sun, a film that brought him, among other awards, the Goya Award for Best Actor. In 2004, he starred in The Sea Inside (2004), directed by Alejandro Amenábar, which earned him a Goya Award for Best Actor, the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2007 he starred in No Country for Old Men, directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen, for which he won, among many others, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and the Oscar for the best actor in a role secondary. In the same year, he starred in Mike Newell’s film Love in the Time of Cholera, and in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, directed by Woody Allen, alongside Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz.

In 2010, Javier starred in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful, winning the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Goya Award for Best Actor and an Oscar nomination. In the same year, he starred in Eat, Pray, Love, by Ryan Murphy, alongside Julia Roberts. Under the direction of Terrence Malick, Javier starred in To the Wonder (2012) and in the same year played the role of the villain in the film Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes.

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017), directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Javier plays the role of Captain Salazar, the enemy of Jack Sparrow, the famous character played by Johnny Depp. Also in 2017, he starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!, a thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. In 2017, he returned to work with León de Aranoa in Loving Pablo, playing Pablo Escobar, which earned him the Audience Award at the Premios Platino del Cine Iberoamericano and a Goya Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2018, he acted in Everyone Knows, directed by Asghar Farhadi. Other recent work includes director Sally Potter’s The Roads Not Taken (2020).

Fernando Leon de Aranoa wrote and directed the feature films Familia (1996), Barrio (1998), Mondays in the Sun (2002), Princesas (2005), Amador (2010), A Perfect Day (2015), Loving Pablo (2017) and The Good Boss (2021). The director presented his films at the most prestigious film festivals in the world, such as San Sebastian, Berlin, Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. His work earned him twelve Goya awards from the Spanish Academy of Film, three of them for best director, two for best screenplay and one for best film. He was awarded the Silver Shell award at the San Sebastián Film Festival for best film and best director, as well as three Fipresci awards from specialist critics, an Ariel award, two Donatello nominations and the Luis Buñuel award for the best Ibero-American film.

In Romania, the film is distributed by Freealize.

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