Searching for Oscar

(En busca del Óscar)
Octavio Guerra | Documentary

2018 | 72 minutes |

A film critic and President of the Spanish Association of Film Critics, Óscar Peyrou has a peculiar method for reviews: instead of seeing films, he critiques them by their posters.


Óscar Peyrou is the President of the Spanish Film Press Association and delegate of FIPRESCI in Madrid. Two years ago his wife and mother of his children died. Now he lives alone in a small apartment in Madrid.

Now retired, film festivals are the driving force of his life. However, what makes Oscar famous is his peculiar method of writing his reviews: you don't need to see the film itself, just analyze its poster.


“One of the nine diamond in the rough of the Berlinale.”- Indie Wire

“A post-modern version of Orson Welles’ F. For Fake.” - Fotogramas

“It dismantles the idea of authority itself.”- Il Manifesto

“Piercing and poignant.” - Blow Up

Main credits

Guerra, Octavio (film director)
Guerra, Octavio (screenwriter)
Torres, Elisa (film producer)
Peyrou, Oscar (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematography, Víctor Montoya; editing, Octavio Guerra, Abián Molina.

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Working Title Film Festival - Best Feature Film; Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest - Best Foreign Documentary; Berlin Critics’ Week; Buenos Aires International Film Festival; Gijón International Film Festival – Rellumes; Göteborg International Film Festival; Uruguay International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Octavio Guerra


YEAR: 2018

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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