Chilean director Alicia Scherson readies 'El Futuro'

The work of much-talked about Latin American novelist Roberto Bolano will be brought to the bigscreen for the first time with “El Futuro,” a coming-of-age drama that Chilean helmer Alicia Scherson (“Tourists”) will direct.

The late Chilean-born Bolano, who in recent years has attained an international readership comparable in terms of scale to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is the winner of a slew of literary nods, including a National Book Circle nod for his novel “2666.” His bestselling “The Savage Detectives” took the prestigious Romulo Gallegos Prize.

Scherson, among Chile’s acclaimed young filmmakers, will adapt Bolano’s “Una Novelita Lumpen,” a short novel that has yet to be tranlsated into English. Bolano wrote the novel in Rome.

Shooting is scheduled to start in Rome in February; dialogue will mostly be in Italian.

“El Futuro” turns on two Chilean youngsters, one boy, one girl, living circa 2000 in Rome, where their parents die in a car accident. Pic is being set up as a three-way Chile-Italy-Spain co-production between Chile’s Bruno Bettati’s Jirafa Films, Rome-based Movimento Film, and Spain’s Luis Angel Ramirez’s Ulysses shingle.

Movimento will distribute in Italy.

Young Chilean actress Manuela Martelli (“Machuca”) will star as one of the two youths, with other casting elements still being decided.

Bettati is currently in talks with sales agents to acquire “El Futuro.”

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