Disney, one of Argentina’s most decisive movie players, has acquired rights to Argentina and the rest of Latin America to Constanza Novick’s “El futuro que viene” (The Future Ahead), produced by preeminent Argentine director Lisandro Alonso (“Jauja,” “Liverpool”).
Novick’s feature debut, “The Future Ahead” has just had its world premiere at the Toronto Festival, screening in its Discovery section. The Disney deal adds to an international sales agent’s pick-up of world sales rights to “The Future Ahead” by Paris-based Loco Films, announced over the weekend.
The distributor in Argentina of not only its own movies but much of the cream of Argentine titles, many sourced from local production house Patagonik, a Disney joint venture with Argentina’s Artear, Disney will release “The Future Ahead” in Argentina on Oct. 12.
Written by Novick, “The Future Ahead” stars Dolores Fonzi, now firmly established as one of Argentina’s most-reputed actresses after toplining Santiago Mitre’s “Paulina,” a 2015 Cannes Critics’ Week winner, and Pilar Gamboa (“The Fire”).
The Disney deal, though recent, was struck by the film’s producers before Toronto begun. It is made on a title which, charting the resilient friendship of Flor and Romina from first love to first divorce, has an obvious appeal to women – tales of female friendship are still relatively rare – marks the emergence of a new female auteur in Argentina, and though more mainstream than Alonso’s impactful radical fare, still packs ideas which challenge received wisdom.
One is that coming-of-age is defined as much by circumstance as character which is largely established from childhood.
For Novick, “In an organic and natural way which is realistic with regards to the story, the seeds of what Romina and Flor become as women and mothers are present in the first part, though not as an act of predestination suggesting the impossibility of change.”
She went on: “But there’s something about their upbringing and the bonds they have with their families which influences what they become.”