Brazil Adopts ‘Little Secret’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race

Diamond Films Brasil

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.

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
  • ArmeniaEarthquake – Sarik Andreasyan
  • AustraliaTanna – Bentley Dean/Martin Butler
  • AustriaStefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe – Maria Schrader
  • BelgiumThe Ardennes – Robin Pront
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaDeath In Sarajevo – Danis Tanovic
  • Brazil – Little Secret – David Schurmann
  • Bulgaria Losers – Ivaylo Hristov
  • CroatiaOn The Other Side – Zrinko Ogresta
  • CubaThe Companion – Pavel Giroud
    Dominican Republic – Flor de Azucar (Sugar Flower) – Pavel Giroud
  • EgyptClash – Mohamed Diab
  • FinlandThe Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki – Juho Kuosmanen
  • GeorgiaHouse Of Others – Rusudan Glurjidze
  • GermanyToni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  • HungaryKills On Wheels – Atilla Till
  • IraqEl Clásico – Halkawt Mustafa
  • JapanHaha 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
  • NepalThe Black Hen – Min Bahadur Bham
  • The NetherlandsTonio – Paula van der Oest
  • NorwayThe King’s Choice – Erik Poppe
  • RomaniaSieranevada – Cristi Puiu
  • Saudi ArabiaBarakah Meets Barakah – Mahmoud Sabbagh
  • SerbiaTrain Driver’s Diary – Miloš Radović
  • South Korea – The Age Of Shadows – Kim Jee-woon
  • SpainJulieta – Pedro Almodovar
  • SwedenA Man Called Ove – Hannes Holm
  • SwitzerlandMy Life As A Courgette – Claude Barras
  • TunisiaThe Flower Of Aleppo – Ridha Behi
    Ukraine – Ukrainian Sheriff– Roman Bondarchuk
  • VenezuelaFrom Afar – Lorenzo Vigas

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