The Berlin International Film Festival is now underway, and one of the movies we’re eager to see is Mia Hansen-Løve‘s latest, “L’avenir (Things To Come).” The filmmaker has a compelling storytelling voice, her last feature “Eden” is a Playlist fave, and now we have a reason to brush up on our French, as the first international trailer has landed (via Cinemaldito).
Starring Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob and Sarah Le Picard, the film follows a fifty-year-old philosophy teacher grappling with the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and a husband who is cheating on her. Here’s the official synopsis from Berlin.
Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature marks a departure from the topic of youth; instead she has chosen to explore the onset of age in a powerful yet also ironic portrait of a woman. The film revolves around questions of happiness, of having a vocation and the value or folly of established ways of living. It depicts not only one individual’s search for new avenues, it also asks if – and to what extent – philosophy can be applied to our everyday life.
Keep an eye out for our review soon. The film opens on April 6th in France. No stateside dates yet.