IndieWIRE has reported on Strand Releasing's acquisition of the North American rights to the Brazilian film Futuro Beach / Praia do Futuro (pictured), the most recent film by Karim Aïnouz, which had its world premiere at the last edition of the Berlin Film Festival last February.
Starring Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium), Clemens Schick and Jesuita Barbosa, the film tells the story of Donato, a lifeguard (played by Moura) who rescues a German tourist from drowning at the Praia de Futuro in Brazil. As the two try and locate the body of Konrad's friend, they embark on a steamy romance. The lovers face problems when Donato decides to leave his home and family to join Konrad in Berlin.
"We're thrilled to work with Karim again. Not only is he a longtime friend of our company, but someone we've worked with previously with on Love for Sale as well as his short films," said Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing as reported by indieWIRE.
Strand Releasing recently announced the acquisition of another Brazilian film, The Way He Looks / Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho, the debut feature film by Daniel Ribeiro, which also premiered at Berlin, and is scheduled for a theatrical release this fall in the U.S. No release date for Aïnouz's Praia do Futuro was announced yet.