Housemaids (Doméstica)

2012 I Brazil I 76min I Documentary



TRAILER

Teaser



"'Housemaids' is humorous and sensitive, whilst also managing to be a profound work of denunciation…This is a rare example of recent Brazilian cinema that is capable of unsettling the very core of anyone who sees it...an historic documentary"
Pedro Butcher – Folha de São Paulo.

"No other film has ever managed to portray as deeply what is engrained in the Brazilian unconsciousness".
Luiz Carlos Merten, Estadão, Sao Paulo, 2012

''... Gabriel Mascaro`s ''Housemaids'' highlights the historical weight that underpins each casual gesture, each behavioral standard we so distractedly repeat as we go about our quotidian choreography."
Fabio Andrade, Cinética Magazine,Sept 2012

"Beautiful documentary, 5 estrelas" Adorocinema

"O mundo retratado é avesso a qualquer dualidade pré-definida" Carta Capital

Logline


Seven young people film their families’ housemaids providing us with a rare insight into the echoes of a colonial past that lingers in contemporary Brazilian households.

Synopsis


Seven adolescents take on the mission of filming, for one week, their family´s housemaids and hand over the footage to the director to make a film. The images that confront us uncover the complex relationship that exists between housemaids and their employers, a relationship that confuses intimacy and power in the workplace and provides us with an insight into the echoes of a colonial past that linger in contemporary Brazil.

Texts


Imponderable Dramaturgy By Fabio Andrade, Cinetica Magazine, Set 2012
Chink in the Image By Andre Antonio, Continente Magazine, Set 2012

Press


Pressbook
Photo Housemaids_1
Photo Housemaids_2

Crew List


Concept and Director I Gabriel Mascaro
Producer I Rachel Ellis
Editor I Eduardo Serrano
With I Dilma dos Santos Souza, Flávia Santos Silva, Helena Araújo, Lucimar Roza, Maria das Graças Almeida, Sérgio de Jesus & Vanuza de Oliveira
Research and Production I Carolina Fernandes, Livia de Melo, Marcelo Grabowsky , Isabel Veiga, Marcella Sneider, Natalice Sales, Tiago de Aragão.
Photography & Sound I Alana Santos Fahel, Ana Beatriz de Oliveira, Jenifer Rodrigues Régis, Juana Souza de Castro, Luiz Felipe Godinho, Perla Sachs Kindi, Claudomiro Carvalho Neto
Sound Edit I Eduardo Serrano
Sound Mix I Pablo Lopes (Fabrica Studios)
Colour Grade I Pablo Nóbrega (Dub Color)

Festivals, screenings and awards


PRIZES
- Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2013, USA - Special Mention
- UNASUR Cine Festival - San Juan, Argentina - Jury Special Mention
- 45th Brasilia Film Festival, - world premiere Saruê Award for Best Film
- 8th Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema, - Special Jury Prize, Best Film.
- IV Semana dos Realizadores, Rio de Janeiro, National competition, Offical Jury Special Mention
- III Cachoeira Doc, Bahia, Official Jury, Best Film.

INTERNACIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

- 25th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Holland, Main competition for Feature Length Documentaries. - International premiere.
- 53 FICCI - Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena, Documentary Competition, Colombia
- Tempo Dccumentary Festival, Sweden
- 15 BAFICI - Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Panorama.
- 10th IndieLisboa - World Pulse, Portugal
- 12 EDOC - Festival Internacional de Cine Documental, Ecuador
- Distrital Mexico - Meridianos 2013
- 17 FIDOCS - Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago del Chile
- Transcinema, Festival Internacional de Non-Ficción, Peru
- Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2013, USA - Special Mention
- Brazilian Film Festival in China - Shangai, China
- UNASUR Cine Festival - San Juan, Argentina - Jury Special Mention
- 8th BrasilCine - The Brazilian Film Festival - Stockholm and Gothenburg, Scandinavia
- 9th Festival Brésil en Mouvements – Paris, France
- 42th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal – Montreal, Canada
- DOK Leipzig 2013 – Country Focus Brazil - Leipzig, Germany
- Festi-Freak: 9º Festival Internacional de Cine Independente de La Plata – Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Zurich Film Festival – New Wordl View: Brazil - Zurich, Switzerland

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVALS
- 45th Brasilia Film Festival, - world premiere Saruê Award for Best Film
- 8th Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema, - Special Jury Prize, Best Film.
- V Janela Internacional de Cinema de Recife, non-competitive screening
- IV Semana dos Realizadores, Rio de Janeiro, National competition, Offical Jury Special Mention
- 16 Forum Doc BH, feature compeition.
- Retrospectiva Semana dos Realizadores, non-competitive screening.
- III Cachoeira Doc, Bahia, Official Jury, Best Film.
- 16 Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, non-competitive screening
- 5 Festival do Jury Popular
- 12 Mostra do Filme Livre
- III Petropolis Nacional Cinema Festival, Rio de Janeiro
- Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminino, Rio de Janeiro
- Colóquio "Cinema, Estética e Política", Belo Horizonte
- "O Amor, A Morte e As Paixões" screening, Goiânia
- Mostra É Massa! de cinema pernambucano, Mostra não-competitiva, São Paulo
- FECIM: Festival de TV e Cinema Independente de Muqui, Non-Competitive Section, Muqui
- I Mostra de Cinema de Gostoso – Mostra Panorama – Maceió, Brasil
- 8ª Mostra de Cinema e Direitos Humanos da América do Sul

Production company


DESVIA

International Sales


Figa Films
contact@figafilms.com

Support


FUNCULTURA - Pernambuco State Culture Fund