El futuro perfecto

Nele Wohlatz

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 65'
  • Argentina
  • 2016
Xiaobin is seventeen and doesn’t speak a word of Spanish when she arrives in Argentina. Her parents keep Argentine society at arm’s length, but Xiaobin immediately enrols in a language school. At her job in a supermarket, putting into practice what she has learned after the lesson on 'making an appointment', she sets up a date with Vijay. This leads to a secret relationship. As we follow Xiaobin’s personal development (she now calls herself Beatriz), it becomes clear that life no longer just happens to her; the future tense helps her overcome her fears.
In this fresh, hybrid film, director Nele Wohlatz, who herself emigrated from Germany to Argentina, translates language lessons into surprising cinema. Wohlatz met actress Xiaobin at her language school and was fascinated by her concentration. Says Wohlatz, “We wrote the script together, in a process in which she could test and re-invent herself. Consequently, the film also shows Xiaobin’s possible future, constantly introducing new variations.” 
Director
Nele Wohlatz
Country of production
Argentina
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
65'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Future Perfect
Languages
Spanish, Chinese
Producer
Cecilia Salim / Murillo Cine
Production Company
Murillo Cine
Sales
Murillo Cine
Screenplay
Nele Wohlatz
Cinematography
Roman Kasseroller, Agustina San Martín
Editor
Ana Godoy
Sound Design
Nahuel Palenque
Cast
Zhang Xiaobin, Saroj Kumar Malik
Website
https://www.facebook.com/elfuturoperfecto