English and Italian with English subtitles, 2012, 98 minutes, color, Chile/Germany/Italy/Spain, World Dramatic
When her parents die in a car accident, adolescent Bianca’s universe is upended. Staying alone in the family’s Rome apartment and entrusted with the care of her younger brother, Tomas, she struggles to hold things together as her place in her surreal new world becomes blurry. Life is further complicated when Tomas’s gym-rat friends invite themselves to stay indefinitely. Using Bianca as a lure for a heist they’ve concocted, they convince her to initiate a sexual relationship with enigmatic blind hermit Maciste, played by Rutger Hauer. But as the two spend time together, Bianca unexpectedly finds normalcy and acceptance in the aging B-movie star and former Mr. Universe’s rococo mansion.
Alicia Scherson’s striking third feature uses the streets of Rome to create a world both richly beautiful and unapologetically provocative—the very aesthetic reflecting Bianca’s disorientation as the future becomes her present. Even the unsettling score morphs with her, growing bigger and bolder as she does. IL FUTURO’s lead actor, Manuela Martelli, fearlessly embodies Bianca’s confusion and vulnerability, capturing her slow climb to maturity through a series of subtle shifts and revelations. - H. Z.
About the Director
Alicia Scherson was born in Santiago de Chile in 1974. After graduating as a biologist, she studied filmmaking in the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television and then received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her first feature film, Play, was shot in Chile and premiered in 2005 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it received an award for best director.
Cast and Credits
Director: Alicia Scherson
Screenwriters: Alicia Scherson, based on the novel by Robert Bolaño
Executive Producer: Bruno Bettati
Producers: Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen, Mario Mazzarotto, Emanuele Nespeca
Coproducers: Luis Angel Ramirez, Alvaro Alonso
Cinematographer: Ricardo de Angelis
Music: Eduardo Henriquez, Caroline Chaspoul
Sound Designer: Miguel Hormazabal
Principal Cast: Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Luigi Ciardo, Nicolas Vaporidis, Alessandro Giallocosta
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