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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #5. Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come

Things to Come

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

With four features under her belt, French director Mia Hansen-Løve has become a prolific auteur, following the success of titles such as The Father of My Children (2009), Goodbye First Love (2011) and Eden (2014). For her latest feature, she’s tapped Isabelle Huppert to star in Things to Come (formerly known as L’avenir), where in the prolific actress stars as Nathalie, a philosophy professor who has been married for years to a man in the same profession. One day, her husband announces his love for a younger woman and his plans to move in her with, while Nathalie’s mother dies in the same timeframe. Love’s intention, as indicated by the original title, was an ironic commentary about a woman forced to start a new, unexpected life while heading into her last decades. Of note, Huppert starred as Love’s mother in Olivier Assayas’ (whom Love is married to) 2000 film Les Destinees.

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon, Edith Scob, Roman Kolinka

Production Co./Producer(s): Arte France Cinema, CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert

U.S. Distributor: TBD (domestic) Les Films du Losange (international).

Release Date: At the end of November, the first stills from the production were released, while an early March theatrical release was announced for France—-meaning, Berlin is the only logical festival premiere. Update: the Berlin International Film Festival added the film to the Competition line-up.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is'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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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