2015 Sundance Special Jury Award for Acting–World Cinema Dramatic (R. Casé & C. Márdila)
2015 Berlin Panorama Audience Award
2015 Valletta Best Director
Val is the kind of housekeeper who takes her work seriously. She makes perfect canapés; she serves her wealthy São Paulo employers, while nannying their teenage son whom she’s raised since toddlerhood. Everyone and everything in the elegant house has its place until one day, Val’s ambitious, smart daughter Jessica arrives. Jessica’s confident, youthful presence upsets the unspoken yet strict balance of power in the household. The Second Mother is a fresh, contemporary, fast-moving, heart-warming spin on class and family in Brazil. The film was announced as Brazil's Oscar nominee for 2016.