Closing Night Film

Recently arrived in Argentina, 18 year-old Xiaobin (Xiaobin Zhang) is struggling with her Spanish: at her job in a market she does okay with the names of things but struggles with quantities. She enrolls in Spanish classes with her saved wages and as her grasp of the language improves, her world expands, and our glimpses of her life become richer and more expressive.

THE FUTURE PERFECT takes on an unusual question—what is it like to think and imagine in a language you’re still learning—with equal parts assurance and idiosyncrasy. Working with an inexperienced cast, director Nele Wohlatz uses her inarticulate characters to play out stories about communication, fantasy, and relationships. – A. Modi


IN COMPETITION for Best Narrative Feature

DIRECTOR: Nele Wohlatz
WRITERS: Pio Longo, Nele Wohlatz
PRODUCERS: Cecilia Salim, Nele Wohlatz
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Roman Kasseroller, Agustina San Martín
EDITOR: Ana Godoy
CAST: Xiaobin Zhang, Saroj Kumar Malik, Mian Jiang, Dong Xi Wang

LENGTH: 65 min
LANGUAGE: Spanish | Mandarin
COUNTRY: Argentina
GENRE: Drama | Docufiction

2016 Locarno Film Festival First Feature Award
2016 AFI Fest Grand Jury Award, New Auteurs
2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam Official Selection, Bright Future
2017 New Directors/New Films Official Selection