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Brazil Selects 'The Second Mother' as Official Entry for Oscar Consideration

09/11/2015 - 11h10

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GABRIELA SÁ PESSOA
FROM SÃO PAULO

"The Second Mother" ("Que Horas Ela Volta?") is the Brazilian bid competing for one of the five slots in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars in 2016.

The submission, announced by the MinC (Ministry of Culture) on Thursday (10), confirms expectations around the production.

Directed by Anna Muylert, the feature-length film narrates the relationship between a housekeeper named Val (Regina Casé) and her employers, after her daughter, Jéssica (Camila Márdila), goes to live at the family's house for a while.

It was selected as best film at the Berlin Festival by the audience and earned Casé and Márdila the Jury Prize at Sundance.

In theaters for two weeks, "The Second Mother" brought 66 thousand people to the country's theaters, according to the website "Filme B".

It is with the Brazilian audience that Anna Muylaert says she hopes the MinC will resonate. For her, the selection can expand the film's viewing to theaters on the outskirts.

"There is an audience that is aware, more elite. But I think its [the film's] nature is popular", she said. "We don't have money to advertise on buses, outside. [The nomination] could make it so that the film has wider reach. For me, that's the big news."

The nominees will be announced in January of 2016. To make it to the final, Muylaert's film must stand out among heavy competitors, such as the Chilean "O Clube", by Pablo Larraín and the Hungarian "Saul Fia".

Brazil hasn't been nominated for the category since 1999, when "Central do Brasil" by Walter Salles, was selected.

Translated by SUGHEY RAMIREZ

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