L’Avenir

Things to Come | Alles was kommt
Nathalie has everything under control, professionally and personally. She teaches philosophy at a Paris high school and writes books. She has two grown children with her husband Heinz, a fellow teacher. Her only worry is her depressive mother. But then Heinz leaves her for a younger woman, her mother develops dementia and dies in a home, and her publisher raises issues about agreed-upon new editions of her books. With a new freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie turns to a connection with a former favourite student, who lives far away from the big city and is forging plans for a future society with likeminded people … If this can be considered an “age appropriate” role for Isabelle Huppert, then it is only by comparison with the rebellious youngsters who surround her. Her vigorous resilience dominates the film. It is that physical presence that lends the necessary credibility to the battered character of Nathalie to make it believable when, at the end of this tragi-comedy, she faces her future with unflinching determination. With her performance, Huppert earned a large share of the Silver Bear for Best Director that was awarded to L’Avenir at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.
by Mia Hansen-Løve
with Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte, Elise Lhomeau, Lionel Dray, Grégoire Montana-Haroche, Lina Benzerti
France / Germany 2016 French,  English,  German 102’ Colour, 2K DCP Rating R0

With

  • Isabelle Huppert
  • André Marcon
  • Roman Kolinka
  • Edith Scob
  • Sarah Le Picard
  • Solal Forte
  • Elise Lhomeau
  • Lionel Dray
  • Grégoire Montana-Haroche
  • Lina Benzerti

Crew

DirectorMia Hansen-Løve
Written byMia Hansen-Løve
CinematographyDenis Lenoir
EditingMarion Monnier
Sound DesignOlivier Goinard
SoundVincent Vatoux
Production DesignAnna Falguères
CostumesRachèle Raoult
Make-UpThi Loan Nguyen
ProducerCharles Gillibert

Arte France Cinéma

Rhônes-Alpes Cinéma

Additional information

DCP: Les Films du Losange, Paris

Mia Hansen-Løve

Born in Paris, France in 1981, she made her acting debut at the age of 17 in Olivier Assayas’ Fin août, début septembre (Late August, Early September). She studied at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique in Paris and wrote for the ‘Cahiers du Cinéma’. She then began directing short films. Her debut feature Tout est pardonné (All Is Forgiven) was nominated for a César and won the Prix Louis Delluc for Best First Film.

Filmography

2005 Tout est pardonné (All is Forgiven) 2009 Le père de mes enfants (Der Vater meiner Kinder) 2011 Un amour de jeunesse (Eine Jugendliebe) 2014 Eden 2016 L'avenir; Silver Bear Best Director 2018 Maya 2020 Bergman Island

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022