“A hybrid of art-house and genre cinema, combining sharp social commentary with grand guignol fantasy.” – Hollywood Reporter

Good Manners

Fantasy, Drama.

Brazil, France, 2017.

Directors: Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra

135 minutes | Portuguese with English Subtitles

(not recommended for children under 14)


Special screening as part of the UCLA Latin American and Iberian Film Festival, followed by Q&A with director Juliana Rojas.

Screening on April 18, 2019

UCLA James Bridges Theater

235 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095



Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary.

Set in São Paulo, the film 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 an impecable cinematography (by Zama’s Rui Poças), Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.

Awards and Festivals
Locarno IFF 2017 – Competition – Special Jury Prize
Vladivostok IFF 2017
Maskoon Fantastic FF 2017 – Best Fantastic Films of the year Section
Athens IFF 2017 – After Hours Section
Austin Fantastic FF 2017 – Competition – Jury Special Mention
Biarritz IFF 2017 – Jury Special Mention
CPH PIX 2017 – Thrills and Kills’ Section
Vancouver IFF 2017 – World Contemporary Cinema
BFI London IFF 2017 – Competition
Haifa IFF 2017 – Midnight Madness Section
Sitges IFF 2017 – Fantastic Competition Section – Critics’ Jury Award & Blood Window Special Mention for Best Actress (Isabél Zuaa)
Rio IFF 2017 – Competition – Best Film, Best supporting actress for Marjorie Estiano, Best cinematography for Rui Poças, Fipresci Award, Felix Award for the Best LGBTQ Film
Busan IFF 2017 – World Cinema Section
AFI IFF 2017 – Midnight Screening


Cast: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo

Executive Producer: Maria Ionescu

Producers: Fréderic Corvez, Clément Duboin and Sara Silveira

Associate producer: José ALvarenga Jr.

Writing credits: Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra

Film editing: Caetano Gotardo

Music: Guilherme e Gustavo Garbato

Cinematography: Rui Poças

Casting: Alice Wolfenson

Production Design: Fernando Zuccolotto

Production companies: Dezenove Som e Imagens Producoes Ltda , Good Fortune Films, Urban Factory

Distributor: Distrib Films US