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Interview: Director Fernando León de Aranoa on creating The Good Boss and trusting Javier Bardem enough to take risks.

With The Good Boss currently screening in Australian theatres (you can read our review here), Peter Gray spoke with the film’s writer and director, Fernando León de Aranoa, about creating such an interesting character, balancing the tone between humour and drama, and working with Javier Bardem, an actor he trusts enough to take risks with on set.
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‘The Good Boss’ Director Fernando Leon de Aranoa on the Oscar Race: ‘Visibility Is Very Much Dependent on Budget’

In a new series, Variety catches up with the directors of the films shortlisted for the International Feature Film Oscar to discuss their road to the awards, what they’ve learned so far, and what’s taken them off guard. Here, Variety talks with Fernando León de Aranoa, director of the Javier Bardem-starring “The Good Boss” (“El Buen Patron”), Spain’s Oscar entry, which is a big box office hit on home turf and has scored more Spanish Academy Goya nominations than any other film in history. What does it mean to you to be shortlisted for the best international feature Oscar? I feel a mix of joy and responsibility. It means following...
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“The Darkest Drama Alongside the Brightest Humor”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘The Good Boss’ Star Javier Bardem and Director Fernando Leon de Aranoa

The Good Boss, Spain’s contender for this year’s best international feature Oscar, is a social satire, part workplace comedy, part dark drama, starring Javier Bardem as Blanco, the patriarchal boss of a scales manufacturing company who takes an inappropriate interest in his employee’s personal lives. This is Bardem’s third film with Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa but their first comedy together. “It was something new for both of us,” Aranoa told THR Presents, powered by Vision Media. “We were looking for a kind of balance, to have the strongest, darkest drama alongside the brightest, broadest humor.” The rare comedic role for...