‘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]
In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
When Mathieu was little, his name was Martin and he lived in Los Angeles. Martin grew up and lives in Paris. When he loses his mother back in California, Martin must return to the city of his childhood to deal with the formalities surrounding his inheritance. Unable to face up to his mom‟s death, Martin takes off to Tijuana on the trail of Lola, a Mexican woman he used to know, and who held a special place in his mother‟s life. To make his own peace, Martin must delve into his past. Stars Salma Hayek and Géraldine Chaplin. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]
Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben and Chon run a lucrative, homegrown industry – raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena, and her brutal enforcer, Lado, underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon – with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent – wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
Once upon a time there were three neighboring kingdoms each with a magnificent castle, from which ruled kings and queens, princes and princesses. One king was a fornicating libertine, another captivated by a strange animal, while one of the queens was obsessed by her wish for a child. Sorcerers and fairies, fearsome monsters, ogres and old washerwomen, acrobats and courtesans are the protagonists of this loose interpretation of the celebrated tales of Giambattista Basile. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]
It’s Christmas time, but all is not well in the world of Everly. A call girl by trade, Everly has turned against her gangster boss Taiko and become a police informant. In response, Taiko has put out a hit on Everly and her family. Soon, every criminal in town wants to cash in. Everly’s survival instincts quickly kick in as she matches wits and firepower with Taiko and a seemingly endless stream of killers. [Synopsis courtesy of Fantastic Fest]