Distrib Films US has announced the U.S. theatrical release of Good Manners / As Boas Maneiras by the acclaimed directorial duo Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, a film that deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, and a favorite in numerous international film festivals including New Directors/New Films, Sitges, BFI London, and Fantastic Fest, the Brazilian-French co-production opens on Friday, July 27 at the IFC Center in New York City, on Friday, August 17 at the Laemmle Royal Theatre in Los Angeles, followed by other U.S. cities.
Set in São Paulo, this second collaboration between filmmakers Rojas and Dutra (after Hard Labor, a Cannes Un Certain Regard favorite) follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon-to-be-born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans.
With powerful visuals and impeccable cinematography (by Zama's Rui Poças), Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. Acclaimed as "a crossover cult hit" (The Playlist) and "a hybrid of art-house and genre cinema combining sharp social commentary with grand guignol fantasy” (Hollywood Reporter), the film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.