Ives Rosenfeld | Drama, Fiction

2015 | 74 minutes | Brazil

A young soccer player has to deal with the unexpected pregnancy of his girlfriend Karine, while his childhood best friend, Bento, signs a contract with a professional team.


Hopefuls tells the story of Junior, a young player for Bacaxa A.C, an amateur football team from the city of Saquarema, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. He has to deal with the unexpected pregnancy of his girlfriend Karine, while his childhood best friend, Bento, signs a contract with a professional team. This debut feature from Brazillian director Ives Rosenfeld is a raw and powerful story of youthful dreams and harsh reality that is marked by some astounding performances.


"Minimalist and powerful in equal parts, Aspirantes (Hopefuls) is one of those character studies that leaves you wanting for more but is more impactful especially because of its succinct and compartmentalised storytelling." - Francesco Cerniglia, FilmDoo

"Its clean, stripped-back air and its quiet, implacable treatment of a young life miserably falling apart are the key features of a film which uses a deceptively calm surface to explore the turbulent depths of its young protag, who has done absolutely nothing to deserve all this." - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Main credits

Rosenfeld, Ives (film director)
Rosenfeld, Ives (screenwriter)
Rosenfeld, Ives (film producer)
Freire, Pedro (screenwriter)
Gentile, Luiz Alberto (film producer)
Barroso, Ariclenes (actor)
Malheiros, Sérgio (actor)
Bernat, Julia (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Pedro Faerstein; editor, Karen Akerman.

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Locarno Film Festival; São Paulo International Film Festival; Chicago International Film Festival; Göteborg Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Ives Rosenfeld


YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Drama, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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