Benito González (Javier Bardem) is a macho contractor in Benidorm who dreams of erecting the tallest skyscraper in the region. He marries Marta (Maria de Medeiros), the educated daughter of a banker, while keeping his ex on the side (Maribel Verdú). But can his strength of character compensate for his poor business sense?
Also featuring Benicio del Toro, Golden Balls is a provocative dip into the playful dynamics of sexual power play. Bigas Luna mixes admiration for this full-blooded fool with a rueful warning about the dangers of machismo. The film won the Special Award of the Jury at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 1993.
As part of the London Spanish Film Festival
Preceded by an introduction by Dr. Matt Hilborn, Research Associate in Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King’s College London