Brazilian Director’s Success Strikes Sexist Chord with Peers

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: filmmaker Anna Muylaert of

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 26: filmmaker Anna Muylaert of “The Second Mother” poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald’s McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Brazilian Director Anna Muylaert is facing criticism for her movie, “The Second Mother”, which is now Brazil’s most successful cinematic piece. Not just criticism, but sexist criticism. Not just sexist criticism, but sexist criticism specifically from her male peers. Filmmakers Cláudio Assis and Lírio Ferreira couldn’t seem to help but ruin a panel on the movie, interrupting and talking over her multiple times with chauvinistic comments about the film, the main actress, and the director herself.

Muylaert is a veteran of the movie industry. She has worked as a screenwriter for many TV shows and films, and has directed and written multiple highly acclaimed, award-winning movies. It is safe to say that she knows what she’s doing.

Assis and Ferreira later apologized for their comments. However, this instance perfectly illustrates the still prevalent issue of sexism in the entertainment industry. Women are still struggling to stand out amongst the machismo culture, and when they do, it is not uncommon for them to face this kind of unwarranted criticism.

“Men have always occupied the center stage and women stayed in the audience applauding,” said Muylaert in an interview with Brasil Post. “When your film starts making money, you reach the male zone.”

“Que Horas Ela Volta?” received the Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Festival for the performances of Casé and Márdila. At the Berlin Festival, it won the Panorama Audience Award. The film has been shown in several countries and caused an uproar among local and foreign critics; the Guardian gave it four stars; the Hollywood Reporter described the actors as “wonderful.”

In an interview, Muylaert explains the sexist culture that women face in Latin America, not only in entertainment but in politics as well. To read more, click the link below.

Posted by Sophie Terry


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