Screening of "Second Mother" and QA with filmmaker Anna Muylaert

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 6:30pm

Brazil’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film

Unspoken class barriers within a home are challenged when the live-in housekeeper’s daughter suddenly appears.

The Second Mother

Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Anna Muylaert
WED. MAR. 2, 2016 @ 6:30pm
in 6-120
MIT campus, Building 6

Sponsored by MIT Global Studies and LanguagesMISTI-Brazil • Women’s and Gender Studies, Women Take the Reel Film Festival

Film website
TRAILER

The Second Mother
Run Time: 112 Minutes
Written & Directed by ANNA MUYLAERT
Produced by FABIANO GULLANE, CAIO GULLANE, DEBORA IVANOV, and ANNA MUYLAERT
Starring REGINA CASÉ, MICHEL JOELSAS, CAMILA MÁRDILA, KARINE TELES, and LOURENÇO MUTARELLI
2015 Sundance Film Festival – Winner –  Special Jury Prize for Acting (Regina Casé & Camila Márdila)
2015 National Board of Review –  One of the Top Five Foreign Language Films
2015 International Press Academy Satellite Awards – Nominee –  Best International Motion Picture
2015 Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics’ Choice Awards – Nominee –  Best Foreign Language Film
Brazil’s Official Oscar® Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

SYNOPSIS
An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica (Camila Márdila) suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.