In the picturesque Vienna of the 1930s Victor Kaufmann(Moritz Bleibtreu), the son of wealthy Jewish art gallery owners, Rudi (Georg Friedrich) and Lena (Ursula Strauss) have been friends since childhood. The inseparable trio vows to stick together, come hell or high water.
But after the German annexation of Austria, Victor is shocked to discover his best friend Rudi on his doorstep in an SS uniform. Though Rudi tries to prevent it, Victor and his family are sent to a concentration camp. Years later, the Nazis want to present a gift to Mussolini – in the form of a Michelangelo sketch belonging to the Kaufmanns. But when the sketch is proved to be a fake, Victor is taken out of the concentration camp to produce the genuine article. But a dramatic plane crash, switching identities and an elaborate – perhaps crazy – scheme are just what Victor needs to try and set things right. With a fast pace, hilarious characters and a rollicking story this WWII adventure always keeps you guess just what craziness will happen next.
In a mansion on the outskirts of Seoul lives one of the richest families in the entire country. Yoon is the president of a powerful conglomerate, but it’s his wife Madame Baek that is really in control. Her personal secretary Young-jak, a handsome young man newly introduced to the world of power, deals with the families immoral – and frequently illegal – activities. He makes sure that the Baeks’ influential American business partner has supply of hookers and waits for his own opportunity to make it rich. But everything changes when Madame Baek catches her husband having an affair with their Filipino maid and exacts her revenge by seducing Young-jak. Young-jak however has secrets of his own, as he finds himself drawn closer and closer to Nami, Madame Baek’s beautiful young daughter.
But when the Baeks’ son is arrested and Madame Baek decides to further punish her husband by airing their dirty laundry in public, Young-jak is torn between his morality and a shortcut to a successful life. This companion piece to The Housemaid is another sexy and controversial erotic thriller from South Korean master Im Sang-soo.
If a political candidate is personally flawed, but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help him win? That question looms over the life of “true believer” Paul Turner (Rob Lowe), a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office. With the help of a bright young assistant (Jamie Chung) and a seedy operative (Richard Schiff), Turner spins every news cycle and a shrewd reporter (Julie Bowen) on behalf of his clients: a philandering Kentucky governor (Eric McCormick), a blackmailed California senator (David Harbour), and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Carrie-Anne Moss). When the ugly side of Turner’s work begins to haunt him, he learns that even in the bloodiest of battles, sometimes you have to fight clean.
KNIFE FIGHT is a smart, crackling, comedic “inside look” at what happens behind closed doors in modern American politics. Two-time Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag teamed with renowned political consultant Chris Lehane to create this political story for the new century. As the November election approaches, KNIFE FIGHT pulls back the curtain on the “real truth” of the political process.
A fiercely precise hip-hop dance troupe captures the eye of passerby Bruno on a busy Barcelona street – and when he’s violently mugged moments later, the mysterious and magnetic Rai (Álvaro Cervantes) comes to his rescue. Bruno’s girlfriend Carla (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, who played the beautiful mermaid in the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean blockbuster) can’t get ahold of Bruno on his damaged cel phone. By the time Bruno finds his way back to Carla some hours later, he’s already formed a solid connection with Rai.
A free spirit who lacks much connection to convention, the hyper-masculine, karate-instructor Rai soon makes a pass at the stunned Bruno. Completely bewildered by his own responsiveness, Bruno must ultimately determine how to be true to Carla, Rai and himself.
Seventeen-year-old Daniela is obsessed with sex. But her self-proclaimed “pussy in flames” is in direct conflict with her well-to-do, strict evangelical family in Santiago, Chile. She finds an outlet by detailing her naughty ruminations and exploits on her blog “Young & Wild” to her eager online followers. She dates handsome and pious Tomas, but maybe Antonia, the really cute girl at work, is more her speed. As she struggles to balance both relationships, Daniela learns that having it all – sex, love and eternal salvation – is more complicated than she ever imagined.
Marialy Rivas masterfully directs her first feature, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where Rivas and co-writer Camila Gutiérrez (on whose life the film is based) picked up the World Cinema Screenwriting Award. Rooted in a fearless and unforgettable performance by Alicia Rodríguez, YOUNG & WILD is a stunning, energetic look at family and youth culture in contemporary Chile.
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