Moving out to come out and feel at home: Queer cosmopolitanism in Karim Ainouz’s Futuro Beach

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Cosmopolitanism captures two entangled dimensions: the envisioning of oneself as part of the world and a moral orientation guided by hospitality. In other words, cosmopolitanism is a mode of world citizenship and a positive way of sharing the world with strangers. In film studies, scholars have embraced cosmopolitan discourses to address issues regarding migration, cross-cultural encounters and why cultural difference is still perceived as threatening in a globalized context. This article contributes to these debates, focusing on queer migration, a theme not yet fully explored by the film literature on cosmopolitanism. It suggests that queer migration has the potential to rearticulate cosmopolitan dynamics of citizenship and hospitality through affective and visceral modes of relating to the stranger and the world. Focusing on Karim Aïnouz’s Futuro Beach (Praia do Futuro, 2014), the article frames cosmopolitan hospitality as responsible for forging a queer space, a home, where libidinal encounters and expressions of queer sexuality can take place. Furthermore, it contends that cosmopolitan hospitality creates conditions for the queer migrant to appropriate the host’s home, erasing power relations, while rearticulating their out-of-placeness through a renewed sense of belonging. The article explores these aspects through an interdisciplinary approach combining philosophy, cultural studies and geography to address film studies’ spatial and affective turn. Through analyzing the enactment of space, narrative, and how queer bodies inhabit the world, this contribution frames hospitality less as an ethico-political cosmopolitan disposition, and more as a mediator of cosmopolitan citizenship characterized by the negotiation of feeling at home.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Review of Film and Television Studies
Publication statusAccepted - 22 Oct 2023


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