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The Future Perfect

Nele Wohlatz
El futuro perfecto
Argentina 2016 / 65’
Summer 1993 The Human Surge

In grammar, the future perfect is a verb tense. In the life of 18-year-old Xiaobin, it is just as foreign as Buenos Aires, where she has just moved. Unlike her parents, the Chinese girl has enrolled in a Spanish course and wants to integrate into Argentine society. She finds work relatively quickly at a supermarket, where she meets an Indian immigrant named Vijay. In uncovering a future that surprises her every step of the way, Xiaobin becomes aware of what she most expects from her unfamiliar surroundings. Nele Wohlatz, who was born in Germany but has spent many years living in Argentina, shares her thoughts on immigration through her protagonist. Described as the most original voice in Latin American cinema, the director exposes the problems of the parable of the Tower of Babel in a humorous and natural way. Like in a Greek tragedy, the role of commentator is given to a choir, or, in this case, the pupils from Xiaobin's language school. The Future Perfect combines neorealism, the humor of Buster Keaton, and the melancholy of an Argentine tango.

Marcin Radomski


Locarno IFF 2016 - Best First Feature; Bilbao IF of Documentary and Short Films - Grand Prix & ZINEBI First Film Award; AFI Fest 2016 - New Auteurs Grand Jury Award

Nele Wohlatz

Nele Wohlatz is a director, screenwriter, and producer who was born in Germany but who has been living in Argentina for many years. She studied in Karlsruhe and in Buenos Aires. Her work is not limited to geographical boundaries or film styles. Her film debut, Ricardo Bär (2013), co-directed with Gerardo Neumann, received an award at the Marseille International Film Festival. 


2009 Schneeränder

2009 Novios del Campo (short)

2013 Ricardo Bär (doc.)

2014 La mochila perfecta (short, doc.)

2016 Idealna przyszłość / El futuro perfecto / The Future Perfect

Cast & Crew

director Nele Wohlatz
screenplay Pío Longo, Nele Wohlatz
cinematography Roman Kasseroller, Agustina San Martín
editing Ana Godoy
music Lionel Braverman
cast Xiaobin Zhang, Saroj Kumar Malik, Mian Jiang
producer Cecilia Salim, Nele Wohlatz
production Murillo Cine
sales Murillo Cine
language Spanish, Mandarin
colouration colour