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El Futuro Perfecto

The future perfect

Project information

Talent Cecilia Salim
Role of participant Producer
Director Nele Wohlatz
Producer Cecilia Salim
Screenwriter Nele Wohlatz
Status finished

Production details

Running time 65 min
Genre Documentary (Hybrid)
Year of production 2016
Country of Production Argentina
Production Company
Murillo Cine
Website https://www.facebook.com/elfuturoperfecto/?fref=ts


Xiaobin, a young Chinese in Buenos Aires, has to deal with the contradictions of her new everyday life. She does so, using the film as a rehearsal room.

still / picture for El Futuro Perfecto
still / picture for El Futuro Perfecto
still / picture for El Futuro Perfecto


Xiaobin is 17 and unable to speak a word in Spanish, when she arrives to Argentina. However, just a few days later, she’s already given a new name, Beatriz, and a job at a Chinese supermarket. Her family lives in the parallel universe of their laundromat, aparted from the Argentineans. Hiding from her parents, Xiaobin starts saving money and signs up at a language school. Whatever she learns in Spanish class, she tries it out on the street. After learning the lesson ‘Setting up an appointment’ she sets up a date with an Indian client of the supermarket. She can hardly communicate herself with Vijay. Nevertheless, they start a secret relationship. After practicing the conditional, the tense of the hypothetical future, imagination springs into her new life and Xiaobin starts to think about her future. What could happen if her parents find out about her Indian boyfriend? The better her Spanish gets, the more Xiaobin intervenes in the writing of the film. Her Chinese classmates comment on the ongoing as a choir. The Perfect Future becomes a rehearsal room for the new life of Xiaobin.

Participation in international festivals / awards

World Premier 69 Locarno Film Festival

- Swatch First Feature Award
- Mention Spéciale Giuria dei Giovani
- Boccalino d'Oro Miglior Film della Critica Independiente


XiaobinXiaobin Zhang


PhotographyRoman Kasseroller - Agustina San Martín
SoundNahuel Palenque
Assistant Director Lionel Braverman
Production managerPio Longo