Good Manners

As Boas Maneiras

Rule-breaking filmmaking at its most compelling and imaginative.


Dir-Scr Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra
Prod Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira, Clément Duboin, Frédéric Corvez
With Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo
Sales Urban Distribution International

If you like surprises, then look no further – this mind-bendingly subversive, grown-up fairy tale is about as unclassifiable as it gets. The more unexpected a film, the less one should know in advance. So, for those who don’t wish for this year’s great cinematic surprise to be compromised, stop reading now. Should you choose to keep going, I promise to tread carefully. Clara is a care worker living on the outskirts of São Paulo. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts the position of live-in nanny to the as-yet unborn child of a wealthy single woman named Ana. The two women immediately develop a strong bond, but Ana’s increasingly strange behaviour hints at a deep, dark secret. Then, one night, the shocking truth emerges. What starts as an eccentrically styled slice of social realism, morphs into something else entirely, without ever compromising the emotional integrity of its characters, nor stretching narrative credibility, no matter how weird things get. This is truly innovative, bracingly bold filmmaking – unafraid of breaking rules and creating new ones. There is, quite simply, nothing else like it. See it now before everyone starts talking about it.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Marco Dutra, Director; Juliana Rojas, Director

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.