Nicotina (2004) - Synopsis
From the producers of "Amores Perros" comes "Nicotina," a highly stylized
crime caper set in Mexico City about a simple exchange that goes awry,
causing the lives of nine unsuspecting characters to explode in one
tumultuous night over a fortune in diamonds.
Breakout Mexican star Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También"; Spielberg's "The
Terminal"), stars as computer hacker Lolo, who is infatuated with his
neighbor and catalogs her every move via high-tech peeping devices. Lolo
teams with amateur criminals in a deal with a Russian mobster that
involves the exchange of diamonds for computer access to Swiss bank
accounts. But the deal goes terribly wrong.
Down the street, the irritable pharmacist Beto and his fed-up wife Clara
get inadvertently entangled in the exchange, along with the humble barber
Goyo and his domineering other half Carmen.
Infected with diamond lust, these characters become obsessed with the
intoxicating possibility of an easy life and their greed quickly
transforms into fiery desperation. When the haze finally clears,
computers have been hacked, people have been whacked and lives have gone
up in a cloud of smoke.
Mexico's highest grossing film of 2003, "Nicotina" recently dominated the
46th Ariel Awards, garnering six of Mexico's top film prizes including
Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and Best
Original Screenplay. The film also topped the 2004 MTV Movie Awards
Mexico receiving five out of the fifteen awards, including Favorite Movie
and Favorite Actor (Diego Luna).
Marking the first major release by Arenas Entertainment as an independent
studio, "Nicotina" was directed by Hugo Rodriguez and produced by Laura
Imperiale and Martha Sosa from a script written by Martin Salinas.
DOMESTIC RELEASE: AUGUST 20, 2004