Karim Ainouz

Karim Ainouz


Karim Aïnouz is a film director and visual artist.

His most recent feature, Praia do Futuro, premiered at the 64th Berlinale Competition in February 2014. Cathedrals of Culture, a 3D film project about the soul of buildings which features Aïnouz as one of the directors and Wim Wenders as executive producer premiered at the Berlinale Special section this same year.

His latest experimental documentary piece, Domingo, shot from his encounter with Danish artist Olafur Eliasson during the 17th Videobrasil Festival, had its world premiere at Rio International Film Festival in 2014.

In 2012 he was invited jury at the Cannes Film Festival for the Cinéfondation and Short Film Competition.

In 2011 Aïnouz directed the film Sonnenallee for the Sharjah Biennial 10. He also collaborated with Olafur Eliasson creating the video installation Your empathic city for Videobrasil Festival. He is co-author of the films Behind the Sun by Walter Salles, Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures by Marcelo Gomes and Lower City, by Sergio Machado.

Aïnouz’s first feature debut, Madame Satã, premiered in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard. His following films, Love for Sale and I Travel Because I Have To I Come Back Because I Love You (co-directed with Marcelo Gomes) premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti, in 2006 and 2009. In 2011 The Silver Cliff was presented in Cannes at the Quinzaine Des Réalisateursand won Best Director at the Rio DE Janeiro International Film Festival.

In 2008, Aïnouz directed Alice, a 13 episode fiction series for HBO Latin America. His short films and installations have been shown at numerous venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, the São Paulo Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial and Videobrasil. He was invited President of the Jury for Competition at the 2014 Rio Film Festival. In 2012 he was invited as Jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Films sections of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and for the Heiner Carow Award during the 63rd Berlinale.