MAR DEL PLATA — One of Latin America’s most reputed actresses, Argentina’s Dolores Fonzi, lead of Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Paulina,” is attached to star in “The Future Ahead,” the feature debut of Constanza Novick (pictured), produced by Lisandro Alonso.
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Alonso’s “Jauja” won Cannes Un Certain Regard Fipresci nod in 2014.
Set up at Alonso’s 4L Cine and Ignacio Sarchi’s 188 Cine, “Future,” in development, weighs in as a potential highlight – plus discovery of a new Argentine auteur – at LoboLab, the new co-production forum launched by Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival, running Nov. 5-7.
An extended coming-of-age tale – and more mainstream than Alonso’s dazzling more radical fare – “The Future Ahead” charts the enduring friendship between Romina and Flor, from first love to first divorce.
“The film’s core is not so much women as women’s friendship, a bond which men find difficult to understand: the degree of intimacy, passion, confidence which women can feel among themselves,” Novick told Variety.
“It’s exactly this feminine world which I have difficulties in exploring,” added Alonso, who is also Novick’s husband. “Producing Constanza can help me discover new things, to learn. I’m curious about making a cinema which is different from what I’ve made.”
“The Future Ahead” is written in three blocks, without flashbacks: Romina and Flor confronting pubescence; at just over 20, when one is a mother; at 30-something with, as the film turns part circle, children as old as they were when the film began.
For Romina and Flor, childhood is lost paradise, marriage a before-and-after. “Maternity is the last step towards leaving immaturity behind, the end of freedom which one has had all one’s life,” Novick commented. That said, she commented, if coming-of-age involves “common-sense and maturity, there’s really no end to people’s evolution.”
“The Future Ahead” marks a rare production outing for Alonso, outside his own movies, though he did co-produce “The Militant,” from Uruguay’s Manuel Nieto, a frequent a.d. to Alonso.
Fonzi’s lead role in the second and third parts of “The Future Ahead” should come as no surprise. On a roll in 2015, co-starring in Cesc Gay’s “Truman” and toplining Santiago Mitre’s “Paulina,” 2015 Cannes Critics’ Week and San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos and Youth Award winner, Fonzi created Argentine TV series “Soy tu fan,” which scribe-turned-director Novick adapted and produced for Mexico’s Canana Films and Once TV Mexico in her highest-profile TV work. Fonzi and Novick jointly created a production house.
Novick’s other work includes Argentine cult TV show “Son o se hacen?”
Per Alonso, the producers would welcome an international co-production partner, as well as a sales agent.