Writer/director Anna Muylaert revealed to us Thursday morning that, as announced by Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, the country has submitted her film “The Second Mother” to the 2016 Oscars. Now in US theaters from Oscilloscope, the film was chosen from a group of eight Portuguese-language features.
Regina Casé stars in this film about the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper who suddenly appears, throwing into disarray the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home. The film has won plaudits at Sundance, Berlin, Sarajevo and more fests.
Brazil was last up for the foreign Academy Award for Walter Salles’ 1998 “Central Station.”