This feature debut by López Carrasco is set at a party in 1982 on the eve of the election that was to give Socialist leader Felipe González an absolute majority. We hear a radio report in which he announces his plans for the future: defence of the (still young) democracy, conquering the economic crisis and strengthening the unity of Spain.
At the party that, as El Pais put it, 'lasted so long that 30 years passed before daylight came back,' twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings talk animatedly about relationships, drugs, horoscopes, the ETA, etc. Meanwhile, very cool Spanish new-wave music is playing.
López Carrasco (32) started on The Future when the crisis and budget cuts in Spain had put all plans, initiatives and ideas on hold. The film was also shot without much budget - but shooting it on 16mm helped give this utopian, revolutionary and nostalgic re-enactment much of its power and authenticity.