Anna Muylaert
Muylaert in 2016
Born (1964-04-21) 21 April 1964 (age 59)
São Paulo, Brazil
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, director, producer
Years active1979–present

Ana Luiza Machado da Silva Muylaert (born 21 April 1964), known professionally as Anna Muylaert, is a Brazilian film and television director, producer and screenwriter.

Education and early career

Anna studied filmmaking at the School of Communications and Arts at University of São Paulo (USP) from 1980 to 1984.[1] She became a film critic for IstoÉ and O Estado de S. Paulo and in 1988 she joined the staff of Rede Gazeta's program TV Mix.[1][2] In 1999, she worked as an editor and reporter on TV Cultura's Matéria-Prima. She also wrote scripts for the Cultura programs Mundo da Lua (1991–92) and Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum (1994–97).[1]

Directing career

Muylaert has directed six short films which won awards at Rio Cine e Cine Ceará[2][3]—before directing her first feature film, Durval Discos (2002).[1] It won seven awards out of fourteen nominations at Festival de Gramado, including Best Director and Best Film.[1] Seven years later, she released her second film, É Proibido Fumar, which won eight awards at Festival de Brasília, including Best Screenplay and Best Film.[3] Muylaert directed Chamada a Cobrar (2012), based on a television film Para Aceitá-la Continue na Linha (2010), which she also directed.[4] Her fourth film, The Second Mother, entered the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Panorama at Berlinale film festival, where the film received the Audience Award.[5]

Mulaert's 2016 film Don't Call Me Son premiered at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.


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List of films directed by Anna Muylaert
Year Original title English release title Language(s) Notes
1979 Kikos Marinhos Portuguese Co-directed with Márcio Ferrari.
1983 Hot Dog Portuguese Co-directed with Márcio Ferrari.
1984 Paixão XX Portuguese
1988 Rock Paulista Portuguese Short documentary on contemporary rock bands of São Paulo.
1992 As Rosas Não Calam Portuguese
1994-1995 Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum Portuguese TV series. Segment director for 11 episodes.
1995 A Origem dos Bebês Segundo Kiki Cavalcanti Portuguese
2002 Durval Discos Durval Discos / Durval Records Portuguese
2006 Um Menino Muito Maluquinho Portuguese TV series. Co-created with Cao Hamburger. Writer for all 26 episodes.
2009 É Proibido Fumar Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Portuguese
2012 Arco-Íris Rainbow Portuguese Episode of TV series Preamar.
2012 Chamada a Cobrar Chamada a Cobrar Portuguese
2013 As Canalhas Portuguese TV series. Director of episodes "Carolina" and "Amélia".
2013 E Além de Tudo Me Deixou Mudo o Violão While My Guitar Gently Weeps Portuguese TV film
2015 Que Horas Ela Volta? The Second Mother Portuguese
2016 Mãe Só Há Uma Don't Call Me Son Portuguese
TBA Jéssicas Portuguese


  1. ^ a b c d e Alves Jr., Dirceu (September 2, 2002). "Uma voz inteligente". IstoÉ Gente (in Portuguese). Editora Três. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Anna Muylaert, premiada em Gramado, fala de seu longa de estréia Durval Discos" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  3. ^ a b August, Heitor (October 3, 2012). "A trajetória crítica de Anna Muylaert". Revista de Cinema (in Portuguese). Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Pontes, Trajano (October 25, 2012). "Novo filme de Anna Muylaert une crime e descoberta pessoal". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces Films in US and World Competitions, for 2015 Sundance Film Festival". December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.