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2023 Latin American Film Festival – “The Future Perfect,” Argentina
November 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“El futuro perfecto,” dir. Nele Wohlatz, Argentina
Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles
With Zhang Xiaobin, Saroj Kumar Malik, Jiang Mian, Wang Dong Xi, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
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 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.
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5 PM, REMSEN HALL 101
All films are captioned
The 2023 Latin American Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Media Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.