El Futuro Perfecto

«Fremd ist der Fremde nur in der Fremde», sagte Karl Valentin in seiner unschlagbaren Logik. Befreiend logisch auch dieser Film, der zeigt, wie es ist, sich in einer unbekannten Stadt, einer unvertrauten Sprache, einer anderen Gefühlswelt einzurichten. Die eigensinnige Xiaobin aus China hat beschlossen, ihre neue Umwelt in Buenos Aires beim Wort zu nehmen: Sie konjugiert die Realitäten als Möglichkeitsformen durch und stolpert dabei auf so lustige wie irritierende Weise in eine neue Identität. In einer Zeit, in der alle von Integration, Leitkultur und verpflichtender Anpassung stammeln, spricht Xiaobin überraschend klar und verständlich. Und logisch wie Karl Valentin.



Do. 09.09.2021 19 Uhr Ricardo Bär (2013) + Kurzfilme
Fr. 10.09.2021 19 Uhr El futuro perfecto (2016) + Kurzfilme
Sa. 11.09.2021 15 Uhr Masterclass
Sa. 11.09.2021 17:30 Uhr El futuro perfecto (2016) + Kurzfilme


“Eine poetische Liebes- und Anverwandlungsgeschichte, in die erkennbar auch Wohlatz’ persönliche Erfahrungen als Fremde in Argentinien einfließen. Von diesem Film wird mehr in Erinnerung bleiben, als von den Gewinnern eines eher durchwachsenen Locarno-Festivaljahres.“ SWR

„An introspective art film both intellectually astute and emotionally resonate.“ The Young Folks

„Xiaobin’s story might easily have lent itself to a sloppily feel-good, quasi-realistic treatment; heaven forbid a Hollywood remake in which a pupil in an English class triumphs as she acquires the verb forms and the cultural values that accompany them. But, while it has a satisfying emotional thrust, The Future Perfect is a highly thoughtful, even theoretical film, and is executed accordingly.“ Film Comment

„When Xiaobin learns the conditional tense in Spanish, the movie takes off, depicting her speculations on what could happen. Here the movie is resourcefully clever without showing off about it; depicting Beatriz’s possible future self dressed a little more stylishly than in reality. There is gentle comedy here, and a real rooting interest deriving from Ms. Zhang’s committed, never-a-false-note performance. The film’s unusual perspective makes it a distinctive and potentially enriching experience.“ The New York Times

„Might the experience of immigrants adapting to a foreign language be in essence something like that of actors studying texts to perform new identities? That’s the profound and perceptively probed thesis of Nele Wohlatz’s brisk metafictional charmer… Each neorealist story thread doubles as a case study for how our ever-shrinking world redefines culture and communication, but played as a downbeat comedy of misunderstandings in which Xiaobin mimics Buster Keaton’s expressionless disenchantment.“ The Village Voice

„Entwined with Xiaobin’s improving Argentinian is Wohlatz’s subtly shifting visual style, which progresses its fluidity and technical proficiency to match its protagonist’s linguistic skill.“ Sight & Sound

„The language-learning process functions as a metaphor for Xiaobin’s coming-of-age as a young woman in a foreign country. As a concept, this might have risked slipping into cliché, but Wohlatz avoids this, instead endowing the film with a gently ironic tone and subtlety.“ Another Gaze

„Shot with a sense of deadpan comedy, the film’s ingenious conceit is to hitch its storytelling to Xiaobin’s progress in language learning: as she learns new tenses in Spanish class, her narrative expands in parallel, moving from the past, to the present, to finally, the conditional future of the film’s title, which allows her to vividly imagine the possible paths her life might take.“ Film Comment

„Anyone who has taken on the arduous task of attempting to learn a second language in adulthood will sympathize with 18-year-old Xiaobin (Zhang Xiaobin), the charming heart of Nele Wohlatz’s 65-minute-long The Future Perfect… Playing with the possibilities that are afforded by the future perfect tense, Xiaobin’s story is a short, sweet window into a rarely filmed — but often experienced — struggle to find the language to fit in.“ Screen Slate

„Not unlike the work of author Ottessa Moshfegh, whose collection of short stories Homesick for Another World deals exclusively in misfits grappling with their inability to adopt the shackles of social norms, The Future Perfect has the texture of a novella that keeps reworking the same idea in successively intricate ways.“ Slant

„The film proved a refreshingly modest entry. Instead of erring on the side of conceptual overload—the venial sin of many festival films—Wohlatz’s sixty-five minute minifeature was refreshingly minimalist as well as subtly playful.“ Cineaste

„It takes skill to successfully handle heavy issues with a light touch, but that’s what German-born, Argentina-based writer-director Nele Wohlatz pulls off with her delightfully original documentary/fiction hybrid, The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto).“ The Hollywood Reporter

„Few films this year have felt as assured as Nele Wohlatz’s lovable Bressonian comedy of manners El Futuro Perfecto (The Future Perfect), which just won the First Feature prize at the Locarno Film Festival. At sixty-five minutes, it was not only the briskest film playing at the festival but also one of the sharpest.“ Fandor


Nele Wohlatz ist 1982 in Hannover geboren, studiert Szenografie an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe und Film in Buenos Aires. Mehrere Kurzfilme und Videos für Theaterstücke, unterrichtet Film. 2013 wird ihr erster Langfilm RICARDO BÄR (Ko-Regie mit Gerardo Naumann; Viennale ‘13) beim Film Festival von Buenos Aires (BAFICI) ausgezeichnet. Sie arbeitet mehrfach ihre migrantische Perspektive in ihre Filme ein.



2024 Dormir de Olhos Abertos (Sleep with Your Eyes Open)
2021 Turista - Kurzfilm
2016 El Futuro Perfecto
2016 Tres oraciones sobre la Argentina (Drei Sätze über Argentinien) - Kurzfilm
2014 La Mochila Perfecta (Der perfekte Rucksack) - Kurzfilm
2013 Ricardo Bär (Ko-Regie)
2009 Novios del Campo - Kurzfilm
2009 Schneeränder - Kurzfilm

Festivals & Preise

Locarno International Film Festival 2016 | Gewinner: Best First Feature

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017

São Paulo International Film Festival 2016

Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2016

San Francisco International Film Festival 2017

AFI FEST 2016 | Gewinner: New Auteurs Grand Jury Award

!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2017

Göteborg Film Festival 2017

Ghent Film Festival 2017

Hamburg Film Festival 2017 | Gewinner: Sichtwechsel Award

Taipei Film Festival 2017

Viennale 2016

Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2018 | Nominiert: Best Documentary

Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 2016 | Gewinner: ZINEBI First Film Award

New Directors New Films 2017