10/24/2017.- Brazilian director Laís Bodanzky performs an intense amount of research before setting out on creating each of her films. In the case of Como nossos país [Just Like Our Parents], it was “much simpler.” She was able to find the “necessary material” in a conversation with her neighbor– “it was enough just to go to a work meeting, and then the film was there.” This she related at a press conference after the screening of her feature film in the Official Section contest of the 62nd Seminci. The film is the portrait of a woman who tries to be perfect at work, as a wife, as the mother of two teenagers, … and is faced with difficulties on all fronts. This portrayal of the modern woman can be found around almost every corner.
Accompanied by the leading actress, Maria Ribeiro, the director pointed out that the current state of women is an issue that has become more complicated in today’s society. Even “vocabulary” seems to have expanded to capture this reality. From the very moment she wrote the script (co-written by Luiz Bolognesi), Bodanzky had Ribeiro in mind for the protagonist Rosa. “Maria is very well known in Brazil, and not only as an actress, she is a complete woman: writer, director, and television presenter.” She is also known for having “a very strong personality.” “She always keeps moving forward, and I wanted to have that strength within the film,” Bodanzky explained.
Maria Ribeiro returned the compliments to her director. “I’ve always been a big fan of Laís’s work,” said the performer. She is grateful for the opportunity offered to her by the director: “I had never played a big role in the world of cinema until now.” The actress admitted how easy it was to identify with the story when she read the script: “I thought there was a Big Brother camera inside my house. Good documentaries should seem like fiction, and good fictitious films should seem like a documentary.” Ribeiro simply tried to “play the role as close to her as possible, which was not very difficult,” she said.
In an edition of Seminci which emphasizes the presence of women, Laís Bodanzky explained that her country has also analyzed the situation of women within the film industry, and that the results are not positive. Female writers and directors represent 17% of the total in Brazil; and in a country where “half the population is white and the other half black,” the percentage of women of color who hold such positions” is 0%.” However, changing that reality “is slow, but has already begun.”
Conditions for actresses are better, assured Maria Ribeiro; “But it is more complicated to find good roles for women over forty.”