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‘Little Secret’s’ David Schurmann Preps ‘Dot,’ ‘Blood Rose’ (Exclusive)

14 November 2016 7:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos, Mexico — David Schurmann, the director of Brazilian foreign-language Oscar candidate “Little Secret,” is developing two features: “Dot,” a thriller inspired by the true-life murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, a courageous social rights activist in the Amazon; and “Blood Rose,” from a screenplay by Andrew McKenzie, who co-wrote 2013 Sundance entry “Sweetwater.”

Pitched Friday at Los Cabos’ inaugural Film Investor Summit to top-of-the class film financiers from U.S., Mexico and Europe – Ag Capital, Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, Anton Capital begin the roll-call – the projects confirm the ambitions of one of Brazil’s most singular filmmakers thrown into the limelight when his movie, produce by Joao Roni at Ocean Films,  was selected as Brazil’s Academy Award submission, beating out Cannes competition entry “Aquarius.”

Schurmann comes from an extraordinary background, forming part, as a kid, of the first Brazilian family to sail round the world, accompanied by parents Vilfredo and Heloisa Schurmann, »

- John Hopewell

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Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’

13 October 2016 11:17 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Written by Kate Lyra, Director, Latc — Latin American Training CenterAmidst the flurry of controversy surrounding its selection, “Little Secret” (“Pequeno Segredo”) screened for the press in Rio de Janeiro.

“Some people are afraid of the ocean,” says Heloisa, (Julia Lemmertz in a perfect pitch performance). “But I feel safer on the water than on dry land.”

Marcos Bernstein’s masterful narrative, directed by David Schurmann, sets the ocean as symbol and metaphor, weaving it through the interlocking stories of three families — and three mothers — forever joined by a secret and a child.

It is the ocean that both separates and connects places as exotic and unlikely as the Amazon and New Zealand, an ocean that protects and sustains us like amniotic fluid.

“Kiwi” (as New Zealanders are endearingly known) Robert Lockett (Errol Shand) has crossed the ocean to find work as a petrochemical engineer in Manaus, capital city of the »

- Sydney Levine

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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy: "We were attacked as if we were the enemy"

12 October 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Brazilian director David Schurmann’s film was selected over Aquarius by one vote, prompting some social media protests.

On the morning after the gala screening of Little Secret at the 18th edition of Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival, the Brazilian director David Schurmann packed his bags to travel to Los Angeles. Schurmann is to meet awards consultant Steven Raphael, who has been hired (via Skype) to help him with his film campaign for the 89th Academy Awards.

Little Secret was chosen last month as the Brazil’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film, after beating its rival, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, by one vote only (the result was five to four). The choice made by Brazil’s Oscar selection committee further fuelled the controversy around Aquarius and led to protests on social media against Little Secret.

“Although at that time no one had seen our movie yet, we were attacked »

- elaineguerini@terra.com.br (Elaine Guerini)

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Oscars: Brazil chooses 'Little Secret'

13 September 2016 4:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Brazilian Ministry of Culture selects family drama over festival favourite Aquarius.

Brazil has selected David Schurmann’s Little Secret as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Shot in Portuguese and English, Little Secret stars Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmertz, Mariana Goular, Maria Flor, Erroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan. It was co-written by Schurmann, Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein (Central Station).

The family drama, in which three interlocking stories are connected by a secret, was inspired by the true story of the director’s adopted sister, Kat.

Little Secret is not just a personal or family project. It’s the dream of a huge, talented, and extremely professional crew. And that dream has been spreading to thousands of people. I’m so grateful to everyone who believes in Little Secret,” Schurmann recently posted on his Facebook page.

Its selection is not without some controversy, however, as some filmmakers »

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Brazil Adopts ‘Little Secret’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race

12 September 2016 8:35 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Brazil has set Little Secret, a drama inspired by the true story of director David Schurmann’s adopted sister, and its official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The country’s Ministry of Film made the announcement today. Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmert, Mariana Goular, Maria FlorErroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan star in the pic, which Schurmann co-wrote with Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein. It tells the story of Schurmann… »

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