'El futuro perfecto,' film screening – Friday, Oct. 5

The 2016 film by Nele Wohlatz is part of the IV Hispanic Film Series Sept. 21 - Nov. 30

Friday, Oct. 5
IV Hispanic Film Series: El futuro perfecto (The Future Perfect)
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5:30 p.m.

NELE WOHLATZ / ARGENTINA / 2016 / 65 minutes
Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles

Awarded Best First Feature at the Locarno International Film Festival, German-Argentinian newcomer Nele Wohlatz’s “El Futuro Perfecto” (The Future Perfect) explores fractured relationships within culture, tradition, and language in this whimsical romantic comedy.

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 enrolls at a language school. She tries out in the street what she learns there. 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 romance. And when she practices the condicional, 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.

Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures /Latin American Studies/ Peace and Conflict Studies/ Sigma Delta Pi/ El Centro / Pragda / Spain-USA Foundation / Secretary of State for Culture of Spain