FLMTQ: Apart from being a thriller, this film also paints a portrait of a lower-middle class, conservative Brazilian family. What motivated you to depict this part of Brazilian culture? Is this a world you are familiar with?
AM: Yes, very much. I live and work at Curitiba, one of the most conservatives and sexists cities in my country, where the presence of Catholicism and Christian morality determines all relationships, both personal and romantic. So, yes, I speak with a lot of knowledge of this world.
FLMTQ: Can you reflect on what this film says about the nature of obsession and masculinity in Brazilian society?
AM: We are a society formed by a feminine majority, that, nevertheless, still lives under the aegis of the male figure. Despite its modern image, Brazil has one of the highest rates of feminicide in Latin America. Here women work harder and are paid less; women's participation in national politics is only around 20%; the only democratically-elected female president in our history was deposed by a parliamentary coup led by men.
Brazil is a misogynist country and men here fear and persecute women in an obsessive way.
FLMTQ: Are you working on any new projects?
AM: Rust, my new feature film is currently in post-production.