Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017. Submissions are now open.

Don't Call Me Son

Mãe Só Há Uma

Schedule

Monday, Nov. 7 at 2:45pm
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:40pm

Pierre (Naomi Nero), a teenager who experiments with cross-dressing but is not yet committed to coming out as transgender, finds his life and sense of self further complicated when he learns that the woman who raised him is not his real mother. In fact, the working-class Arcay stole Pierre from the hospital shortly after his birth. After Arcay is arrested for the kidnapping, the teen receives a much belated introduction to his wealthy biological parents. (In a Buñuelian twist, Pierre’s two mothers are intriguingly played by the same actress, Dani Nefussi.) The couple has very particular expectations for their long-lost son, but Pierre politely resists these well-meaning attempts to mold him and finally rejects their bourgeois ways. Director Anna Muylaert won last year’s Berlinale Panorama Audience Award for the similarly class-conscious “The Second Mother.” The Hollywood Reporter describes “Don’t Call Me Son” as a “poignant and energetic Brazilian drama that turns a potentially bleak subject into a warmhearted study of genetics, gender and the true meaning of home.”

2016
82 min.
Portuguese

Directed by

Anna Muylaert

Country

Brazil

Film Category

International Spotlight QFest LGBTQ Spotlight

Subject

Adoption Class Issues Family Issues LGBTQ

Genre

Drama