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Praia do Futuro (2014)

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 ... Konrad
Jesuíta Barbosa ... Ayrton
Fred Lima Fred Lima ... Heiko
Thomas Aquino 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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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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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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 »

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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 »

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A Visually Stunning Snapshot of the Voyage that is Life
12 March 2015 | by soncomanSee all my reviews

As beautiful a cinematic essay on the subject of fear as I've seen in a while, Karim Aïnouz's "Futuro Beach" manages to cover a plethora of fears common to the human condition - fear of solitude, fear of commitment, fear of rejection, fear of change, fear of death (hell, even fear of water is covered) – and the remarkable human ability to overcome them.

Donato (Wagner Moura) is a lifeguard at a Brazilian Beach who is only able to save one of two German tourists from drowning. Having never had to face death before, he reaches out to the surviving tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) and soon finds himself in a complex relationship that leads him to question who he is and what he wants from life. Faced with making difficult choices, including the decision to abandon his younger brother and mother and relocate to Germany to join Konrad, Donato finds that his fears have followed him. Eventually isolating himself from Konrad and still unable to deal, he finds himself living a solitary life until he comes face-to-face with his past. Only then can he finally begin the journey of self-acceptance necessary to move beyond the fears that have held him back from experiencing a full life.

Cinematographer Ali Olay Gözkaya's stunning photography captures the natural beauty of the Brazilian and European locations and enhances the story's mood and tone. Performances are strong from the two principals and the two actors playing the younger brother Ayrton, ages 10 and 18 (Sávio Ygor Ramos and Jesuíta Barbosa,) also acquit themselves nicely. The scenes with the two brothers ably capture the special bond often shared between male siblings.

Often jumping from moments of quiet and solitude to scenes with pulsating sounds and action, "Futuro Beach" grabs you from its opening shots of motorcyclists dwarfed by the turbines of a wind farm to its concluding POV imagery of another motorcycle trek down an endless road at dusk. It excels at cinematically and dramatically capturing a snapshot of the often emotionally treacherous voyage that is life.

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