The Second Mother
Dir. Anna Muylaert
In Theaters 11/24/15 On DVD 01/12/16
An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val, a hard-working 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 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.
Anna Muylaert (b. 1964) is a Brazilian screenwriter and television/film director. After studying filmmaking at the School of Communications and Arts at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) Muylaert became a film critic for IsotÉ and O Estado de S. Paulo and in 1988 she joined the staff of Rede Gazeta’s program TV Mix. In 1999, she worked as an editor and reporter on TV Cultura’s Matéria-Prima. She also wrote scripts on other Cultura programs, Mundo da Lua (1991–92) and Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum (1994–97). Muylaert has directed six short films—the most notable being A Origem dos Bebês Segundo Kiki Cavalcanti (1995) which won awards at Rio Cine e Cine Ceará—before directing her first feature film, Durval Discos (2002). It won numerous awards at the Festival de Gramado, including Best Director and Best Film. Seven years after she released her second film, É Priobido Fumar, which won eight awards at Festival de Brasília, including Best Screenplay and Best Film. Muylaert directed Chamada a Cobarar (2012), based on a television film Para Aceitá-la Continue na Linha (2010), of which she was also the director. Her fourth film, The Second Mother, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize for Acting, and then went on to play the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
Script and Direction
Director of Photography
Karen Harley, Edt.