Il Futuro (The Future)

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When her parents die in a tragic 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 Toma´s’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 an enigmatic blind hermit, Maciste (Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner). 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. (Dir. by Alicia Scherson, 2013, Italy/Chile/Gemany/Spain, in Italian/Spanish/English with subtitles, 98 mins., Not Rated) Digital
Festivals: Sundance, Rotterdam

Preceded by the short film AQUARIUM
The end of a relationship reveals the emptiness left in a woman’s life by the one she loves. (Dir. by Philippe Grégoire, 2013, Canada, 14 mins.)