A film by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher
2021, 110 minutes
No. 333

Following in the footsteps of a long line of documentarians, a collective of three Italian filmmakers known for their politically acute cinema—Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden), Francesco Munzi (Black Souls), and Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro)—set out to interview a cross-section of their nation’s youth about their hopes, dreams, and fears for the future. 

With today’s political divisions, socioeconomic unease, overreliance on technology, and global weather crisis, the conversations they foster feel particularly urgent—these 15- to 20-year-olds together ask the implicit question: is there a future at all? At the same time, the intelligence, expressiveness, and foresight evinced by these teenagers in this moving and masterful film kindles a form of hope in itself.

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival

“Critic’s Pick! A kaleidoscopic, open-ended collective portrait… Futura is a document of the pandemic, a film that will be examined in the future for clues about what’s happening now. But it isn’t exactly a documentary about Covid. Like Michael Apted’s ‘Up’ cycle, Futura is attuned to social particulars and open to the universe…. An affirmation of the durability of an approach to moviemaking predicated on curiosity, democratic principles and the idea that people can speak for themselves. None of us knows what the future holds, but a film like this is a reminder of why we should care.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Futura is attuned to the dreams and anxieties of people on the brink of adulthood. Striking sequences.”
- Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine