CAIRO – 17 March 2018: Quirky 2015 Canadian indie film “Coconut Hero” will screen at Alexandria's Goethe Institute on March 21, 2018 as part of its “77 Chairs” event.
Mike Tyson (Alex Ozerov) is a teenage boy living in the former mining town of Ontario, which has certainly seen better days. Lost and aimless in life, with nothing to look forward to but bullying in school and the worrying of his single mother Cynthia (Krista Bridges), Tyson decides to follow a not-so-wise idea in using his father's shotgun to put an end to his life, even preparing an obituary in advance.
Of course, Mike's fortune proves too lucky and he miraculously survives the blast to his head; however, the doctors find that Mike has a brain tumor and his days are numbered. The return of his estranged German father, Frank (Sebastian Schipper), alongside Mike's encounter with his instructor Miranda (Bea Santos), finally bring a sense of meaning and purpose into Mike's life, helping him learn how to live even while he picks out the coffin he wants.
This film is the second directorial feature from Florian Cossen, whose previous 2010 film, “The Day I Was Not Born”, received critical praise. “Coconut Hero” was nominated for the Golden Eye award for Best Film Focus Switzerland, Germany and Austria at the 2015 Zurich Film Festival and was also nominated for the New Directors Competition award at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2016.