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November 24–30, 2017

Chicago Premiere

The Future Perfect
(El futuro perfecto)

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Film still: The Future Perfect Film still: The Future Perfect
Best First Feature
Locarno Film Fest
New Auteurs
Grand Jury Award
AFI Film Fest
Critics' Pick "The film's unusual perspective makes it a distinctive and potentially enriching experience"
  —New York Times
"Delightfully original"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Fresh, funny and completely natural... the neorealist vibes and complete lack of affectation add a level of truthfulness which increases the sense of pleasure"
  —Chicago Tribune

Xiaobin (Xiaobin Zhang) 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. She saves up enough money to pay for language classes, and after having learned how to "make appointments", meets a supermarket customer, Vijay. He comes from India, and although they can barely communicate with each other, they start a secret relationship. As she begins to grasp the Spanish language's conditional tense, she imagines a constellation of possible futures, and her language-learning process functions as a metaphor for Xiaobin's coming-of-age as a young woman in a foreign country.

Directed by Nele Wohlatz, Argentina, 2016, 65 mins. In Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles.

To be shown with:

Film still: Three Sentences About Argentina

Three Sentences About Argentina
(Tres oraciones sobre la Argentina)

Nele Wohlatz transposes archival footage of Argentinian skiers into prompts for language exercises in this short made as part of an omnibus feature for the Buenos Aires Film Museum.

Directed by Nele Wohlatz, Argentina, 2016, 5 mins. In Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Nov. 24 at 6:30 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Nov. 25–26 at 2 & 4 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Nov. 27–30 at 6:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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