Rutger Hauer and Manuela Martelli at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Credit: Getty Images
Rutger Hauer and Manuela Martelli at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Credit: Getty Images

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Rutger Hauer, who is perhaps best known for his role as Roy Batty in 1982's ground breaking science fiction thriller "Blade Runner", was cutting a dapper -- if odd -- figure at the Sundance Film Festival with "Il Futuro" co-star Manuela Martelli.

Just a few days before his 69th birthday, Hauer's dandyish hairstyle, his checked jacket, and printed scarf with a razor blade pattern cut a sharp contrast with the lovely 29-year-old Martelli's comparatively demure and nondescript ensemble.

The pair were photographed at the Sundance premiere of "Il Futuro (The Future)," described as "wildly impressionistic" and featuring "bizarre cinematography," in light of which Hauer's flamboyantly strange dress seems to be quite fitting.
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Since "Blade Runner" and his equally memorable turn in "The Hitcher," he has spent his time alternating between lead roles in arthouse films and cult fare (from the original movie version of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" to 2011's Grindhouse-inspired "Hobo With A Shotgun") with supporting roles in more mainstream movies like "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Batman Begins". Next up, Hauer will be joining the cast of HBO's "True Blood" for the upcoming sixth season.

"Il Futuro," by Chilean filmmaker Alicia Scherson features Hauer as a blind, hermit-like, vaguely Schwarzeneggerian ex-movie star who becomes romantically entangled with protagonist Martelli, who spends a healthy portion of the film in the nude.

Hauer and Martinelli in "Il Futuro".
It's not the first time Hauer has played a visually impaired character. In the 1989 cult classic "Blind Fury", Hauer played a blind swordsman in a Western homage to the Japanese "Zatoichi" series. But where "Blind Fury" was more rooted in 80s B-movie aesthetics, "Il Futuro" promises to be much artier. Far from being a prurient excuse to parade around attractive naked women, the film is said to be an examination of the male gaze, with Hauer's blindness sharply contrasting Martelli's character, a traumatized young woman who develops a sensitivity to bright light.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, keep an eye out for "Il Futuro," and for whatever fascinatingly strange thing Rutger Hauer will wear to red carpet events for it.

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Danny Bowes writes for Yahoo! Movies

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