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by Karim Aïnouz


Water is lifeguard Donato’s element and the sea is his home. The ‘Beach of the Future’ mentioned in the film’s title unexpectedly gives his life new direction. When two men are caught by a dangerous current, Donato dives in and manages to save Konrad, a German tourist, but his best friend’s life is claimed by the sea. While along the coast the search is on for the body, Konrad and his rescuer get to know each other. Their initial physical attraction soon turns into a deeper emotional bond. Donato follows Konrad to Berlin, a city that may not be by the sea but which is nonetheless a place where he can reinvent himself. Years later, Donato is confronted with his past when his younger brother Ayrton appears at his door furious and wanting to know why Donato left him without saying a word. But just like Donato before him, Ayrton will also throw himself into the maelstrom of the strange city, and he, too, will find more questions than answers.

international title: Futuro Beach
original title: Praia do Futuro
country: Brazil, Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Karim Aïnouz
film run: 106'
release date: FR 03/12/2014
screenplay: Felipe Bragança, Karim Aïnouz
cast: Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuíta Barbosa, Savio Ygor, Ramos Sophie, Charlotte Conrad, Sabine Timoteo, Yannik Burwiek
cinematography by: Ali Olay Gözkaya
film editing: Isabela Monteiro de Castro
art director: Jens Löckmann, Marcos Pedroso
costumes designer: Ruth Aragão
producer: Geórgia Costa Araújo, Hank Levine
co-producer: Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm, Christopher Zitterbart
production: Hank Levine Film, Detailfilm, Coração da Selva
distributor: Real Fiction Filmverleih, Epicentre Films


main awards/selection

Berlin International Film Festival 2014 In competition

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