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Futura by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher is singled out for the Directors’ Fortnight

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- Produced by Avventurosa in league with RAI Cinema, the documentary looks at the future as imagined by boys and girls aged 15 to 20 whom the directors met during their long journey through Italy

Futura by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher is singled out for the Directors’ Fortnight
Directors Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher and Pietro Marcello (© Tiziana Poli)

A collective investigation conducted by three heavy hitters from the world of Italian arthouse cinema, the documentary Futura sees directors Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher join forces in order to journey across Italy, where they meet girls and boys between 15 and 20 years of age and explore their ideas about the future.

Futura paints the portrait of a country as seen through the eyes of various adolescents, who talk about the places they inhabit, as well as their dreams and expectations, intertwined with their yearnings and their fears. “We met at the end of 2019 with the desire to make a film together”, Marcello, Munzi and Rohrwacher explain. “Each of us had been asked, over the course of our careers, to take part in collective works, directing one episode of a common project. However, directing one single episode places great limits on one’s ability to live a real shared experience. For us, working together first and foremost means watching how the other person works”.

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“As such”, they continue, “from our very first meeting, the idea was to direct a genuinely collective work. This gave rise to Futura, a shared work which looks to tell the story of young Italians and to paint a portrait of our country as seen through their eyes and described by their voices”.

Produced by Avventurosa in league with RAI Cinema, the film enjoys the support of the Italian  Ministry for Culture, the Sardegna Film Commission and the Lazio Region, and is further backed by the Veneto Region. Futura will be presented in a world premiere at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, which is scheduled to run from 7 to 17 July.

Memorable works among the three directors’ filmographies include, for Pietro Marcello, The Mouth of the Wolf [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello
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]
(which triumphed at the 27th Turin Film Festival and was selected for the Berlinale Forum, winning its Teddy Bear award in 2010), Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello ­
film profile
]
(in competition in the Locarno Film Festival in 2015) and Martin Eden [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello
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(which earned Luca Marinelli the Volpi Cup in Venice, as well as bagging the Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform Prize in 2019); for Francesco Munzi, Black Souls [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Francesco Munzi
film profile
]
(in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2014 before scooping 9 David di Donatello awards in 2015) and Assalto al cielo [+see also:
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(screened out of competition in Venice in 2016); and, for Alice Rohrwacher, The Wonders [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
film profile
]
(awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes 2014) and Happy As Lazzaro [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Alice Rohrwacher
film profile
]
(which walked away with the Best Screenplay trophy at Cannes 2018).

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(Translated from Italian)

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