SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2013
By Don Simpson | January 21, 2013
Director: Alicia Scherson
Writers: Alicia Scherson (screenplay), Roberto Bolaño (novel, Una novelita lumpen)
Starring: Luigi Ciardo, Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Nicolas Vaporidis, Alessandro Giallocosta
Il Futuro had me at the opening homage to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, with a yellow Fiat taking the place of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle. As it turns out, that Fiat is the very vessel in which Bianca (Manuela Martelli) and Tomas’ (Luigi Ciardo) parents die, leaving Bianca and Tomas to manage their home in Rome.
Bianca is old enough to become Tomas’ guardian and they are able to get money from their father’s trust while their mother’s funds are inexplicably tied up. Bianca is still forced to find a job to supplement the trust funds and Tomas willingly volunteers at the gym in exchange for being able to work out there. It is at the gym that Tomas meets two strange friends (Nicolas Vaporidis, Alessandro Giallocosta). Soon Bianca and Tomas are entwined in a risky scheme that involves a former Mr. Universe-cum-actor who goes by the name of his most famous character, Maciste (Rutger Hauer).
Il Future exists in a surreal fugue state in which strange events are explained by the siblings’ damaged psychological state after their parents’ catastrophic accident. Time has become blurred and they see things much differently — bright lights blast through their windows all night long and their parents’ crushed yellow Fiat is now grey.
As the title suggests, Bianca and Tomas’ present is quite grim, it is only their future that holds promise. But stuck in the present, Bianca opts to use sex as a means for recovery, eventually entering into a relationship with a man who is old enough to be her grandfather. While she is with him, Bianca’s naked body constantly sparkles, either with a healthy coat of massage oil or droplets of water. This is where Il Future turns sexy and this is also where Il Futuro convinces me that I should move to Rome if/when I reach my 70s in the hope of meeting someone like Bianca.