Feature Film

Praia do Futuro

by Karim Aïnouz
Feature Film, Brazil, Germany 2013, 106 min

Donato works as a life guard patrolling the spectacular but treacherous Praia do Futuro beach. When he dives into the sea after two men caught in the undercurrent, he saves Konrad, a German vacationing in Brazil, but Konrad’s friend is lost to the sea. While waiting for the body to resurface, a bond grows between Donato and Konrad and the initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper, emotional connection. The two men find themselves falling in love and Donato decides to leave everything behind to follow Konrad to Berlin. Far from the Praia do Futuro, Donato finds both confusion and liberation in the cold but vital German capital, and his journey for love soon connects to a deeper search for his own identity. Years later, Donato’s younger brother Ayrton travels to Berlin. Full of anger, he needs to know why his brother abandoned him without a word. But just as it did for Donato, the intense pulse of the foreign city brings Ayrton many more questions than answers. These three men struggle to reconcile the ache of loss and longing, instinctively drawn to each other in search of hope and a brighter future. 

GORGEOUS . . . A VISUAL FEAST . . . BEAUTIFUL!

Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
Futuro Beach

Cast and Crew

DONATO Wagner Moura
KONRAD Clemens Schick
AYRTON Jesulta Barbosa

DIRECTOR: Karim Aïnouz
WRITTEN BY: Felipe Braganca and Karim Aïnouz
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ali Olcay Gözcaya
EDITOR: Isabela Monteiro de Castro Araújo
SOUND DESIGNER: Waldir Xavier
MUSIC: Hauschka
CASTING: Uwe Bünker
PRODUCED BY: Georgia Costa Araújo, Hank Levine
CO – PRODUCED BY: Christopher Zitterbart, Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Coracao da Selva, Hank Levine Film, watchmen productions, Detailfilm
GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Real Fiction
WORLD SALES: The Match Factory

FUNDING BY Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, DFFF

Praia do Futuro

Festivals & Awards

Berlin International Film Festival 2014: Nominated for Golden Bear
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2014: Winner for Best Latin American Film and Nominee for Best Film
Oslo Films From The South Festival 2014: Nominated for the Silver Mirror Award for Best Feature
Chicago International Film Festival 2015: Nominated for Audience Choice Award
Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2015: Winner of Best Supporting Actor ; Nominated for Best Picture; Nominated for Best Director; Nominated for Best Cinematography; Nominated for Best Costume Design; Nominated for Best Editing; and Nominated for Best Sound
Havana Film Fest 2014: Winner for Best Music and Best Sound
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015: Nominated for Cine Latino Award
Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2015: Best Film
São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards 2015: Best Film
Prêmio Guarani Brazil 2015: Winner for Best Actor; Winner for Best Supporting Actor; Winner for Best Cinematography; Nominated for Best Picture; Nominated for Best Director; Nominated for Best Original Screenplay; Nominated for Best Film Editing; Nominated for Best Music; Nominated for Best Sound; Nominated for Best Art Direction
SESC Film Festival Brazil 2015: Audience Award Winner for Best Cinematography and Critic Award Winner for Best Cinematography
São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards 2015: APCA Trophy Winner for Best Film
TLA Gaybies 2016: Nominated for Best Gay Romance and for Best Supporting Actor in a Gay Role