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Futuro Beach (2014)

Praia do Futuro (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 27 February 2015 (USA)
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Shortly after failing to rescue a drowning man, Donato meets Konrad, a friend of the victim. They soon begin a relationship which seems doomed from the start, while Donato's past catches up with him.

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Karim Aïnouz
8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wagner Moura ... Donato
Clemens Schick Clemens Schick ... Konrad / Donato's German lover
Jesuíta Barbosa Jesuíta Barbosa ... Ayrton / Donato's younger brother
Fred Lima Fred Lima ... Heiko
Thomas Aquino ... Jefferson (as Thomás Aquino)
Maj. Barreto Maj. Barreto ... Diver 1
Marcus Davis Andrade Braga Marcus Davis Andrade Braga ... Diver 2
Savio Ygor Ramos Savio Ygor Ramos ... Ayrton / 10 years old (as Sávio Ygor Ramos)
Demick Lopes Demick Lopes ... Captain Motta (as Démick Lopes)
Jean Philippe Kodjo Adabra Jean Philippe Kodjo Adabra ... Grocery Clerk
Sabine Timoteo Sabine Timoteo ... Heiko's Wife
Yannik Burwiek Yannik Burwiek ... Heiko's Son (as Yannik Burwieck)
Christoph Zrenner Christoph Zrenner ... School Janitor
Natascha Paulick Natascha Paulick ... Bartender
Ingo Naujoks Ingo Naujoks ... Mechanic
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Storyline

Donato works as a lifeguard at the spectacular but treacherous Praia do Futuro beach in Brazil; Konrad is an ex-military thrill-seeker from Germany vacationing with a friend. After he saves Konrad from drowning, but fails to save his other friend, initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper, emotional connection. He decides to leave everything behind, including his ailing mother and younger brother, Ayrton, to travel back to Berlin with Konrad. There, he finds both confusion and liberation, and his journey for love soon turns into a deeper search for his own identity. Eight years later, an unexpected visit from Ayrton, brings all three men back together as they struggle to reconcile the pain of loss and longing, instinctively drawn to each other in search of hope and a brighter future. Written by lament

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil | Germany

Language:

Portuguese | German | English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Futuro Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,324, 1 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,262, 10 May 2015
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

42 people upset with the love scenes went out of the theater, when the film premiered at the Gramado Film Festival in Gramado, Brazil. The same happened in the cities of Niterói (RJ) and São Luís (MA). See more »

Goofs

When Konrad drives around on a KTM in Germany, the motor noise you hear is clearly from a 4-in-a-row cylinders engine. But KTM only manufactures 1 and 2 cylinders motors that would never sound like this. See more »

Alternate Versions

The first love scene in the film's Part II section (containing footage of oral sex being performed) was cut in the theatrical/home video release. See more »

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Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
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Beautiful, Filmic, Thoughtful, and Completely Unsentimental
24 May 2015 | by ekebySee all my reviews

This is one of those films that- when you read the story synopsis- sounds like it will be utter sentimental tripe, lousy with cliché-ridden dialog.

This film is anything but.

This is one of the best gay male-themed films I've seen in a long time. I'd put it right up there with Weekend in quality, but the two films couldn't be more different. Weekend is dialog-driven, Futuro Beach is not. There are long spans where nobody says much of anything; you just observe.

In the beginning, the story doesn't seem like it of holds a lot of promise.

But just wait. When this film shifts gears, it really shifts gears. It's impossible to predict where it's going next, always a sure sign of a good movie, IMO.

While the dialog is sparse and unsentimental, there is emotion all around. The men may be terse with each other, but they're expressive. We don't know if they're in love. That's how unsentimental this movie is. The words "I love you" are never going to be spoken in this modern relationship. What we do know is that there is a dynamic between them that neither wants to abandon.

The themes of this movie are big: life (truly living) and death (just existing). So you might be tempted to assign life-message metaphors to the locale and action. Don't. Just let the film wash over you. This is one of those rare movies that immerses you in its own universe, and by doing so, gives you some insight into your own.


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