The Future Perfect

Dir.: Nele Wohlatz | Argentina | 65 min

The idea is as simple as it is original – and understatedly funny. Xiaobin is 17 years old and has just moved to Buenos Aires with her Chinese family, which runs a laundry and keeps to itself. She secretly saves up to go to a language school, where she wants to learn to cope with a new language and a new social reality. A shy romance with a young, Indian man gives her the opportunity to try out both in practice. The parallel between acquiring a new language and a new culture lend the film's almost performative minimalism a sense of humour and spontaneity that is rarely seen today. Did someone say integration? Nele Wohlatz's directing is impressively confident and she turns a modest budget into an advantage in 'El futuro perfecto', and lets her wayward protagonist wrest herself (and the film) free from the constraints that both grammar, her family and a foreign culture impose on her. As the potential of the Spanish language begins to unfold, Xiaobin starts to imagine a future that she herself can shape.

Original Title
El futuro perfecto
Title
The Future Perfect
Country
Argentina
Duration
65 min.
Directors
Nele Wohlatz
Producer
Cecilia Salim & Nele Wohlatz
Script
Cast
Xiaobin Zhang, Saroj Kumar Malik, Mian Jiang, Dong Xi Wang, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Camera
Roman Kasseroller, Agustina San Martín
Sound
Nahuel Palenque
Editor
Ana Godoy
Production Company
Murillo Cine
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
2
Thrills
2
Sighs
5
Laughs
5
Look
2
Food for thought
7