// Presented as part of Filmatique's Queer Cinema Series //
Spotlight on Don't Call Me Son
Anna Muylaert / 2016, Berlin, BFI London, Brazil Film Fest, Jerusalem, Leeds, Mardi Gras Film Festival, New Zealand, NYT Critics' Pick, QueerLisboa, St. Louis, Travessias Brazilian Film Festival, Valladolid, Vancouver Latin American Film Festival / 82'
Living with his sister Jacqueline and their mother Aracy in a working-class neighborhood, Pierre plays guitar in a punk band, wears eyeliner, and is content to have sex with both boys and girls. No one forces him to label himself or his desires until social workers show up at his family home and arrest Aracy—DNA confirms that she stole both Pierre and his sister from their biological mothers at birth. Before long Pierre is thrust into the bourgeois lifestyle of a new family, where his right to self-expression is no longer a given.
A poetic, provocative portrait of a young man's fluidity, Don't Call Me Son offers a richly layered examination of family, class, and sexuality in contemporary Brazil. Anna Muylaert's second feature film premiered at BFI London, Jerusalem, QueerLisboa; Berlin, where it won the Teddy Award; and Valladolid, where it won Best Actor and Best Director. Don't Call Me Son is a New York Times Critics' Pick.
"What happens to a seventeen-year-old boy who is just beginning to know himself when his entire identity is taken overnight? This intriguing premise is explored with breezy economy in Anna Muylaert's impressive follow up to her Panorama Audience Award winner The Second Mother… Muylaert handles an atmosphere charged with intensely conflicting expectations with a light touch, and sparks of humor"
- Wendy Ide, Berlin Review, Screen