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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 01.18.10] Chile movie apocalyptic news book

Man, I've been looking for information on this project all morning with little to show for it, so expect more as Berlinale amps up its press momentum.

The basic gist is that Chilean director, Alicia Scherson, (Turistas - not the torture porn film from 2006), has adapted Roberto Bolaño's little known apocalyptic novel, "Una Novelita Lumpen," into a feature film called The Future. At least she calls the film apocalyptic. I haven't read it, but it sounds like, at most, it may be "pre-apocalyptic." Here are some of Scherson's own thoughts on the project:

"since I first read it, I found it to be small and dense like a gemstone. An austere and concise work of contained emotions, a lucid and lean reflection about youth and despair in big cities. Its simple forms and precision is exactly what makes it so adaptable to film."

"In 16 short chapters, “Una Novelita Lumpen” tells the story of Bianca, a young woman who must face her parents’ death and start a long and dark voyage through poverty and prostitution. But this downfall into the lumpen becomes a trip to adulthood, a clumsy and dangerous way to mourn, to accept death and face the future."

As I say, that's all for now, but more as it comes people.

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