Main Cast: Rutger Hauer - Maciste
Manuela Martelli - Bianca
Luigi Ciardo - Tomas
Nicolas Vaporidis - Libio
Alessandro Giallocosta - Boloñes
Alicia Scherson, based on "Una Novelita Lumpen" by Roberto Bolaño
Awards and Nominations:
2013 - Victoria TX Independent Film Festival as Best Actor
2013 - RxSM IV Film Expo as Best Actor
2013 - RxSM IV Film Expo as Best Feature Film
2013 - Victoria TX Independent Film Festival as Best Score
Plot: A retired Mr. Universe and B-movie star is living alone in his mansion until the beautiful and recently orphaned Bianca, whose Chilean parents died in a car crash in Itlay, enters his dark mansion in search of a future.
She begins a relationship with 'Maciste' in the attempt to help her brother and friends to get back on their feet and run away from a spiral of prostitution and petty crime in Rome.
'Il Futuro' is intensely beautiful. I was very happy and proud to be in it. Most of it is in Italian and will of course make distribution not so easy. Subtitles in English. But a very strong piece of word that has many things to say in subtle frames.
The director is very much a true filmmaker. She stayed very close to Roberto Bolaño's novel in tone and style.
A truly moving and complex story told with tons of feminine sense. Such a pleasure to see it go down. And such a smart package around two young orphaned teens. Such tristesse. And not one second of sentimental drab.
Manuela, the lead actress, so strong, so true in her broken heart. So painfully slow in opening up as the character. Photography and edit. Marvellous. Sigh. Too much to say and with too few words.
I hope it will do well when it hits Rotterdam Festival in a week or so. A film with the cold passion from an observing mind.
Alicia stated that '...since I first read Bolaño's 'Una Novelita Lumpen', I found it to be small and dense like a gemstone. An austere and concise work of contained emotions, a lucid and lean reflection about youth and despair in big cities. Its simple forms and precision is exactly what makes it so adaptable to film.... It tells the story of Bianca, a young woman who must face her parents’ death and start a long and dark voyage through poverty and prostitution. But this downfall into the 'lumpen' becomes a trip to adulthood, a clumsy and dangerous way to mourn, to accept death and face the future'.