Motel Destino

by Karim Aïnouz

Motel Destino


The neon-hued Motel Destino is a roadside sex hotel under the burning blue skies of the coast of Northern Brazil, run by the boorish Elias and his frustrated, beautiful wife Dayana. When 21 year-old Heraldo finds himself at the motel, after messing up a hit and going on the run from both the police and the gang he let down, Dayana finds herself intrigued and lets him stay. As the two navigate a dance of power, desire and liberation, a dangerous plan for freedom emerges. In this tropical noir, loyalties and desires intertwine, revealing that destiny has its own enigmatic design.


Karim Aïnouz is an award-winning filmmaker. He debuted as a director with MADAME SATÃ (Cannes Un Certain, Regard 2002). His other works include FIREBRAND (Cannes Competition 2023), MARINER OF THE MOUNTAINS (Official Selection Cannes, 2021),  NARDJES A. (Berlin Panorama, 2020), CENTRAL AIRPORT THF (Berlin Amnesty Prize, 2018), FUTURO BEACH (Berlin Competition, 2014), THE SILVER CLIFF (Cannes Directors Fortnight, 2011),  I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (Venice, Orizontti, 2009) and LOVE FOR SALE (Venice, Orizontti, 2006). INVISIBLE LIFE won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and has been the recipient of several prizes worldwide. Aïnouz is also a screenwriter, tutor and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. MOTEL DESTINO is his latest feature.


Igor Xavier
Nataly Rocha
Fabio Assunção


Director: Karim Aïnouz
Screenwriter: Wislan Esmeraldo, in collaboration with Karim Aïnouz and Mauricio Zacharias
Director of Photography: Hélène Louvart, AFC
Producers: Janaina Bernardes, Fabiano Gullane, Caio Gullane, André Novis, Didar Domehri, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Gabrielle Tana, Hélène Theodoly
Co-producers: Cécile Tollu-Polonowski, Sam Gordon, Mario Canivello, Guilherme Cezar Coelho
Associate Producers: Simone Leandro de Oliveira, Emily Lowe, Christina Ley
Executive Producers: Mauricio Macêdo, Janaina Bernardes, Daniela Antonelli Aun, Gabriela Tocchio, Ana Saito, Pablo Torrecillas, Fernando Loureiro, Mariana Ferraz,
Marcelo Campanér
Co-executive Producer: Laura Rossi
Production Designer: Marcos Pedroso
Editor: Nelly Quettier
Costume Designers: Kika Lopes, Ananda Frazão
Make up: Natie Cortez
Casting: Nina Kopko
Sound Mixers: Pedrinho Moreira, Moabe Filho 
Sound Design: Waldir Xavier
Re-recording Mixer: Adrian Baumeister
Original Score: Amine Bouhafa
Production Manager: Luiza Ramos
Post-production Supervisors: Juan Galva,
Bia Almeida, Adrien Léongue
Main Cast: Iago Xavier, Nataly Rocha, Fabio Assunção
Supporting Cast: Renan Capivara, Fabíola Líper, Isabela Catão, Yuri Yamamoto, Davi Santos, Jupyra Carvalho, Bertrand de Courville, Katiana Monteiro, Vanessa Cardoso, Jan Moreira, Edglê Lima Moreira

Technical Data

Original title: Motel Destino
International title: Motel Destino
Duration: ca. 112 min
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Format: DCP
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2024
Original language: Portuguese
Countries of production: Brazil, France, Germany
Production Companies: Cinema Inflamável, Gullane
Co-production Companies: Maneki Films, The Match Factory, Globo Filmes, Telecine, Canal Brasil
In Association with: Brouhaha Entertainment, Written Rock Films, Tandem, Matizar Filmes, Tigresa, Filmes del Fuego
With the support of: Ancine, FSA/BRDE, Government of the State of Ceará - Department of Culture, Aide aux cinémas du monde – Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée – Institut Français, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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