The Good Boss


The Main 1 Sat, May 7, 2022 6:50 PM
The Main 1 Sun, May 15, 2022 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Original Title:El buen patrón
Programs:Special Presentations
Cine Latino
Dark Comedy
Family Drama
Culture & Society
Release Year:2021
Runtime:120 min
Print Source:Cohen Media Group
Director:Fernando León de Aranoa
Producer:Javier Méndez
Carles Montiel
Fernando León de Aranoa
Jaume Roures
Cinematographer:Pau Esteve Birba
Screenwriter:Fernando León de Aranoa
Editor:Vanessa Marimbert
Principal Cast:Zeltia Montes
Filmography:Javier Bardem
Manolo Solo
Almudena Amor
Óscar de la Fuente
Sonia Almarcha
Fernando Albizu
Tarik Rmili
Rafa Castejón
Celso Bugallo


This whip-smart corporate corruption satire was Spain’s Oscar submission this year and made it to the short list. The entire confection flies high on the charisma of its eponymous star, Javier Bardem, the seemingly benevolent CEO of a small industrial scales manufacturer.

The slyly named Senor Blanco insists that his is an operation where all things must be in balance at all times. After all, they manufacture scales of all shapes and sizes. He is preparing his workforce for an upcoming inspection by a group visiting local businesses to select one for a prestigious prize. However, the plot thickens and tensions begin to mount when recently fired employee José shows up with his two children and begins making demands for the reinstatement of his employment. When Blanco's management team refuses, José begins a one-man crusade to discredit Blanco and prevent him from winning the much-coveted award.

Director Biography

Born in 1968 in Madrid, Fernando León de Aranoa was always drawn to writing–stories, scripts, comics. After studying writing in college and leaving a job in advertising, he turned to screenwriting, and his scripts have won Goya Awards and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Some of the many films he’s written and directed include Familia (1996), Mondays in the Sun (2002), A Perfect Day (2015), and The Good Boss (2021), which was Spain’s official selection for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.