Brazil has set Little Secret, a drama inspired by the true story of director David Schurmann’s adopted sister, and its official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The country’s Ministry of Film made the announcement today.
Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmert, Mariana Goular, Maria Flor, Erroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan star in the pic, which Schurmann co-wrote with Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein. It tells the story of Schurmann family who live traveling around the world aboard a sailboat and have their lives transformed when they receive the orphaned Kat. By adopting her, the new parents live with the delicate choice of whether to keep a secret that goes beyond adoption. It focuses on the power of love and the fate of two families.
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Shot in Portuguese and English, it’s slated to open November 10 in Brazil with a Latin American rollout to follow. Watch the trailer above.
Little Secret was selected from among 16 national productions. The move was not without some controversy, however, as some filmmakers disqualified their own movies from contention. They were protesting local film critic Marcus Petrucelli being named to Brazil’s Oscar selection committee. He had railed on social media about Aquarius director Kleber Mendonça Filho and his crew for protesting against Brazil’s government at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
2016 Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions
- Afghanistan – Parting – Navid Mahmoudi
- Algeria – The Well – Lotfi Bouchouchi
- Armenia – Earthquake – Sarik Andreasyan
- Australia – Tanna – Bentley Dean/Martin Butler
- Austria – Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe – Maria Schrader
- Belgium – The Ardennes – Robin Pront
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Death In Sarajevo – Danis Tanovic
- Brazil – Little Secret – David Schurmann
- Bulgaria – Losers – Ivaylo Hristov
- Croatia – On The Other Side – Zrinko Ogresta
- Cuba – The Companion – Pavel Giroud
Dominican Republic – Flor de Azucar (Sugar Flower) – Pavel Giroud
- Egypt – Clash – Mohamed Diab
- Finland – The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki – Juho Kuosmanen
- Georgia – House Of Others – Rusudan Glurjidze
- Germany – Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
- Hungary – Kills On Wheels – Atilla Till
- Iraq – El Clásico – Halkawt Mustafa
- Japan – Haha To Kuraseba – Yoji Yamada
Lebanon – Very Big Shot – Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Luxembourg – Voices From Chernobyl – Pol Cruchten
Morocco – A Mile in My Shows – Said Khallaf
- Nepal – The Black Hen – Min Bahadur Bham
- The Netherlands – Tonio – Paula van der Oest
- Norway – The King’s Choice – Erik Poppe
- Romania – Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
- Saudi Arabia – Barakah Meets Barakah – Mahmoud Sabbagh
- Serbia – Train Driver’s Diary – Miloš Radović
- South Korea – The Age Of Shadows – Kim Jee-woon
- Spain – Julieta – Pedro Almodovar
- Sweden – A Man Called Ove – Hannes Holm
- Switzerland – My Life As A Courgette – Claude Barras
- Tunisia – The Flower Of Aleppo – Ridha Behi
Ukraine – Ukrainian Sheriffs – Roman Bondarchuk
- Venezuela – From Afar – Lorenzo Vigas
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