El futuro perfecto (The Future Perfect). 2016. Argentina. Directed by Nele Wohlatz. 65 min.
Winner of the Best First Feature prize at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, Wohlatz’s assured debut is a playful, exceptionally idea-rich work of fiction with documentary fragments. Seventeen-year-old Xiaobin arrives in Argentina from China unable to speak Spanish. Employed at a Chinese grocery store, she saves up enough money to pay for language classes, and enters into a secret romance with a young Indian man, Vijay. As she begins to grasp the Spanish language’s conditional tense, she imagines a constellation of possible futures.
Tres oraciones sobre la Argentina (Three Sentences About Argentina). 2016. Argentina. Directed by Nele Wohlatz. 5 min.
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.
Monday, March 20,6:30 p.m.The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
Saturday, March 18,9:00 p.m.T2, Theater 2The Museum of Modern ArtFollowed by a discussion with Wohlatz