More than a decade after waging urban war on the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento remains the controversial head of BOPE, the special-forces military police. Government officials hope to weaken the rash, but publically adored, officer by taking him off the streets and giving him a desk job in the State Department. Never one to fall in line, a maturing Nascimento must adapt his old tactics to a new position and a new enemy.
In this viscerally charged ride, José Padilha adeptly avoids the typical pitfalls of sequels by examining new themes of politics and corruption. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Theo is living the good life in an upscale Brazilian neighborhood. He’s a hardworking doctor, husband, and father. However, Theo has chosen his career over his family, and little by little he discovers that his world is crumbling around him. His beloved mentor and surrogate father is dying, and his wife announces that she wants a divorce. Yet nothing prepares him for the day when he comes home to discover that his 15-year-old son, Pedro, has disappeared. Theo takes to the road in search of his son. In a journey that leads him throughout Brazil, Theo discovers what really matters to him. Searching for his missing son, Theo finds himself. (Sundance Film Festival)
When three trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet among the daily debris of their local landfill, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael (RICKSON TÉVIS), Gardo (EDUARDO LUÍS) and Rato (GABRIEL WEINSTEIN) realize that what they’ve found must be important. With the help from two American missionaries – the disillusioned Father Julliard (MARTIN SHEEN) and his young assistant Olivia (ROONEY MARA) – the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they discover that the wallet’s owner José Angelo (WAGNER MOURA) was working to uncover political corruption and now they must try to hang onto the wallet while they evade the police, led by the dangerous Frederico (SELTON MELLO).
Water is lifeguard Donato’s element and the sea is his home. The ‘Beach of the Future’ mentioned in the film’s title unexpectedly gives his life new direction. When two men are caught by a dangerous current, Donato dives in and manages to save Konrad, a German tourist, but his best friend’s life is claimed by the sea. While along the coast the search is on for the body, Konrad and his rescuer get to know each other and their initial physical attraction soon turns into a deeper emotional bond. (Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival)