As Luck Would Have It

‘The zest of life’ was the Coca-Cola slogan that once catapulted Roberto into an advertising career. But that was long ago. Nowadays, whenever this unemployed father contacts the company where he used to work his now-successful former colleagues feign absence. Nobody it seems has any time for the man that once invented Coca-Cola’s catchphrase. Desperate, Roberto is determined to at least pay a visit to the hotel where he once spent his honeymoon. But even this building has now disappeared and in its place excavations have unearthed a massive amphitheatre. A career-minded mayor and a thrilled museum director are excitedly looking forward to the grand opening of this gem of ancient history. But the members of the press present at the event all seem to be missing the point and Roberto is the only one who decides to take a closer look. In doing so, he takes a fall and finds himself caught unwittingly in a very precarious position. All of a sudden, it’s a matter of life and death and everybody takes an interest in him. Even Roberto is seduced into bargaining over the value of his life as a sensational event. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival]

Biutiful

Following his Best Director win for “Babel” at the 2006 edition of Cannes, Oscar nominee Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu is expected to bring his first film entirely in Spanish since his breakout “Amores Perros.” And his first time working with Spain’s hottest export, Javier Bardem. Not much is known about the plot, apart from Bardem playing a man embroiled in shady dealings who is confronted by a childhood friend, who now happens to be a policeman.

Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos)

A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life. Broken Embraces is shot in the style of a hard-boiled 40s and 50s American film noir.

Volver

Revolving around an eccentric family of women from a wind-swept region south of Madrid, Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) is a working-class woman forced to go to great lengths to protect her 14-year-old daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo). To top off the family crisis, her mother Irene (Carmen Maura) comes back from the dead to tie up loose ends.