THE FUTURE PERFECT (EL FUTURO PERFECTO)
North American Premiere
Awarded Best First Feature at the Locarno International Film Festival, German-Argentinian newcomer Nele Wolatz’s THE FUTURE PERFECT explores fractured relationships within culture, tradition and language in this whimsical romantic comedy. Xiaobin has just moved to Argentina to reunite with her family, who own a laundromat in Buenos Aires. She finds work at a nearby grocery store, but after struggling to communicate with customers, she becomes determined to learn Spanish, enrolling in group language lessons for Chinese immigrants. The independence afforded by learning Spanish is offset by the anxiety of becoming further enclosed in Chinese culture through an arranged marriage, or alternately, accepting the proposal of coworker Vijay, who hopes to marry her and take her to live with him in India. As lessons progress, these decisions are placed on hold while the possibilities posed by Argentina expand with each new tense learned, providing a guide to hypothetical futures, hopes, fantasies and fears. — Malin Kan
Preceded by PEDRO.
Born in 1982, Nele Wohlatz is the co-director of feature RICARDO BÄR (2013), which premiered at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) and received an award at the Marseille International Film Festival. In 2016, she was invited to be part of the Doc Station at Berlinale Talents.