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224 Ratings

Futuro Beach

Praia do Futuro

Directed by Karim Aïnouz
Brazil, Germany, 2014
Drama, LGBT+


Short after facing the failure of an attempt to rescue a drowning man, Donato meets Konrad, friend of the victim. Motivated by the circumstances, Donato decides to begin a new life in Berlin, but pieces of his past are coming after him.

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Futuro Beach Directed by Karim Aïnouz
Charting the ebb and flow of a gay relationship as it shifts from the idyllic South American coastline to the urban chill of Berlin, Aïnouz’s storytelling is luxuriantly spare, counting on iridescent imagery and head-filling sonics to project the feelings of largely inexpressive characters.
August 23, 2015
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What kind of movie is this? Where could it possibly be heading?" Normally, if you find yourself asking such questions, say, a half-hour into a movie, it’s a sign that either the film is a hopeless, unfocused muddle that doesn’t know what it’s up to or it’s purposefully oblique, taking us on a journey to new and unexpected cinematic destinations. Happily, “Futuro Beach” is a prime example of the latter. [Its] unusual artistic itinerary is mirrored by a significant geographic-cultural one.
February 27, 2015
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Balancing its abstract storytelling with commanding visuals (by the gifted cinematographer Ali Olcay Gözkaya), “Futuro Beach” explores liberation and reinvention, the tug of familiarity versus the allure of the foreign. Donato’s abandonment of an ailing mother and adoring younger brother (beautifully played as an adult by Jesuita Barbosa) is scrutinized not in dialogue but in long, musically enhanced scenes of drinking, dancing and picturesque soul-searching.
February 26, 2015
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