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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: #5. Mia Hansen-Love’s The Future

The Future

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve // Writer: Mia Hansen-Løve

Actress turned director Mia Hansen-Løve (married to auteur Olivier Assayas) has quickly become one of the most notable contemporary French directors, her works often focused on the cruel yet endearing experiences of youth. Her 2009 sophomore film The Father of My Children first earned her international acclaim, and Hansen-Love often uses autobiographical elements in her work, including in her third film, 2011’s Goodbye First Love (review) and last year’s Eden (her is our sit-down with her), based on the life of her brother, a French DJ in the 1990’s wave of electro house music. Hansen-Løve announced that her next project would be The Future, concerning an older protagonist, a female professor of philosophy in her late fifties, to be played by none other than Isabelle Huppert. Oddly enough, Huppert starred as Hansen-Løve’s mother in Assayas’ 2000 film Les Destinees Sentimentales. We look forward to Hansen-Løve breaking off into other focal points, made all the more exciting by her reunion with Huppert and she still has time to change the often used title.

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka

Producers: Currently seeking funding – no producer names attached.

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: With filming taking place in Summer of 2015, we’d assume this could be ready for Cannes 2016, but Hansen-Løve’s last film was shut out (even though her debut played in DF in 2007, and sophomore in UCR in 2009), so it’s too early to say for sure, though Huppert’s headlining will certainly grant the title star power.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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