Most people who follow the Oscar race and critics who had the chance to see Anna Muylaert‘s “The Second Mother” agreed that there was no way Brazil could submit any other film as their representative to vie for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Finally, now that over 30 countries have confirmed their selections, the South American nation has confirmed our suspicions and has officially chosen the film as its Oscar entry.
The insightful film about a live-in housekeeper working in a wealthy Sao Paolo home and her teenage daughter, as they are confronted with the class divide that exists in Brazilian society, opened in stateside on August 14 via Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film has garnered stellar reviews across the board. Critics praise the subtle yet sophisticated approach used by Muylaert and the incredible lead performance by Regina Casé.
“The Second Mother” premiered at Sundance back in January where it won a Special Jury Price for both lead actresses. This unassuming gem would go on to play numerous festivals around the world to become the most acclaimed Brazilian film of the year. Now that it has become an Oscar candidate, the film could bring its homeland closer to the precious award, which Brazil has never won.
Oscilloscope has showed great interest in Latin American and Spanish-language films in general in recent months. The company has also acquired rights for Colombian Cannes-winner “Embrace of the Serpent,” which also looks likely to become that country’s Oscar submissions; Peru’s “The Vanished Elephant,” and Spanish drama “Ma Ma” starring Penelope Cruz.
The last time Brazil was nominated in the category was in 1999 with Walter Salles’ “Central Station.”