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The Future Perfect

( El futuro perfecto )

Nele Wohlatz

  • Spanish, Mandarin (with English subtitles); 65 min
A witty and elegant re-imagining of cinematic language.
The Hollywood Reporter
LocarnoFF

Best First Feature, Youth Jury Special Mention, Boccalino d'Oro for the Best Film (Independent Critics) at FF Locarno
Available Worldwide
(except Argentina and Brazil)

The Future Perfect - Nele Wohlatz

Argentina, 2016, 65 min
  • Starring: Zhang Xiaobin, Saroj Kumar Malik, Jiang Mian, Wang Dong Xi, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
  • Production: Murillo Cine

Xiaobin is 17 years old and does not speak a single word of Spanish when she arrives in Argentina. But a few days later, she already has a new name, Beatriz, and a job in a Chinese supermarket. Her family lives in a parallel world, in a launderette, far removed from the Argentinians. Xiaobin secretly saves money and enrols at a language school and tries what she learns in the street. After having learned how to “make appointments”, she arranges to meet a supermarket customer, Vijay. He comes from India, and although they can barely communicate with each other, they start a secret relationship. And when she practises the conditional, the form of possibility, Xiaobin starts thinking about the future. What would happen if her parents learned about Vijay? The more she masters the Spanish language, the more she interferes in the scenario. Her Chinese classmates comment on the events like a chorus.