Praia do Futuro

by Karim Aïnouz

Praia do Futuro


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.


Karim Aïnouz directed Madame Satã (2002), Suely in the Sky (2006), The Silver Cliff (2011) and co-directed, with Marcelo Gomes, Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo (2009). He has directed the HBO TV series Alice (2008). His short films and installations have been shown at numerous venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the São Paulo Biennial, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin and the Sharjah Biennial. In 2012 he was invited as jury at the Cannes Film Festival for the Cinéfondation and Short Film Competition and took part on the project Cathedrals of Culture, a documentary TV series in 3D which features Aïnouz as one of the directors. He is currently in post production of his next feature, Praia do Futuro, shot in Germany and Brazil.


2013 - Praia do Futuro
2011 - The Silver Cliff
2010 - I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
2010 - Neverquiet (collective film)
2006 - Love for Sale
2004 - Sertão de Acrílico Azul Piscina (documentary)
2002 - Madame Satã
2000 - Rifa-me
1998 - Les Ballons des Bairros (documentary)
1996 - Hic Habitat Felicitas
1994 - Paixão Nacional (short film)
1993 - Seams (documentary)
1992 - O Preso (short film)



Wagner Moura - Donato
Clemens Schick - Konrad
Jesuita Barbosa - Ayrton


Directed by Karim Aïnouz
Written by Karim Aïnouz, Felipe Bragança
Cinematography by Ali Olcay Gözcaya
Edited by Isabela Monteiro de Castro Araújo
Music by Volker Bertelman
Sound design by Waldir Xavier
Production design by Marcos Pedroso
Costume design by Camila Soares
Produced by Georgia Costa Araújo, Hank Levine
Co-produced by Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm, Christopher Zitterbart

Technical Data

Format: DCP / 1:2.35
Length: 97 min.
Original Language: Portuguese, German 


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