Best Brazilian Directors

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Fernando Meirelles
Director, City of God
Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil. He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in Brazilian film festivals...
José Padilha
He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the Netflix original series Narcos, starring frequent collaborator Wagner Moura.
“ PS: He is Argentinian but has live most of his life in Brazil (he is Brazilian citizen), so i decided to include him on the list. ” - tpwmovie
Carlos Saldanha
Director, Ice Age
Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Rio, and the co-director of Ice Age and Robots. Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for animation...
Glauber Rocha
He studied Law. He also directed theatre pieces, wrote movie criticisms and took part in the creation and development of the 'cinema novo' movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, becoming its theoretical leader and first embassador in Europe. After "Barravento (1962)", a trilogy of films and "Antonio das Mortes (1969)" he won various international prizes...
Carla Camurati
Carla Camurati was born on 14 October 1960 and worked as a biology teacher before she became an actress. Her first film was "O Olho Mágico do Amor" (1981). For this work she got a prize of Best Supporting Actress. She then begun a successful career on television working in soap operas like "Sol de Verão" (1982)...
Daniel Filho
Daniel Filho - Responsible for triggering an aesthetic revolution in Brazilian TV during the 1970s, he became a Midas of popular cinema in Brazil during the 2000s. He created one blockbuster after another, many adapted from the theatre. The "Se Eu Fosse Você" (If I Were You) franchise (2006-09), featuring Tony Ramos and Gloria Pires - famous for their soap opera roles...
Cao Hamburger
Writer, Xingu
Cao Hamburger was born in Sao Paulo. His second feature film, "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation", competed in the 2007 Berlin Film Festival and is the recipient of the Rio International Film Festival Audience Award and the Sao Paulo Association of Art Critics Award for Best Screenplay. His first feature was the award-winning "Ra-Tim-Bum Castle...
Humberto Mauro
Director, Tesouro Perdido
Pioneer of Brazilian cinema. Humberto Mauro began his career in the provinces in 1926 and was brought to Rio de Janeiro by producer-director Adhemar Gonzaga in 1930. He went on to direct several features which were praised for their uniquely Brazilian style - notably Ganga Bruta - as well as making over 230 shorts for the National Institute of Educational Cinema...
Fernando Pinheiro
Producer, The Kid
Fernando Pinheiro was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil 1977. He is a director, producer, and screenwriter, as well as a film technician and animation researcher in 2D and 3D. He studied Fine Arts at the school of Guignard UEMG (Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais). Fernando's first short film, A Garota (The Kid...
Fábio Barreto
Director, O Quatrilho
Fábio Barreto is the youngest son of a well-known family of producers in Brazil, including his grandmother Lucíola Villela, father Luiz Carlos Barreto and mother Lucy Barreto. He acted in his brother Bruno's first short when he was 9 years old, and has since been active in the Brazilian film industry as assistant director...
Flavio Alves
Producer, Tom in America
Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science...
Karim Aïnouz
Director, Madame Satã
Karim Aïnouz is a film director and visual artist. His most recent feature, Praia do Futuro, premiered at the 64th Berlinale Competition in February 2014. Cathedrals of Culture, a 3D film project about the soul of buildings which features Aïnouz as one of the directors and Wim Wenders as executive producer premiered at the Berlinale Special section this same year...
Ruy Guerra
Ruy Guerra left his studies in Portugal for to go to the School of Cinema in Paris. After having worked as assistant for various French directors he moved to Brasil and participated with his first two films in the birth of the "Cinema Novo": "Os Cafajestes (1962)" and "Os Fuzis (1964)" which won some international prizes...
Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Director, Lavoura Arcaica
Carvalho studied Architecture and Literature. For cinema, still very young, in 1984, wrote and directed the short film "A Espera", based on "A Lover's Discourse: Fragments ", by Roland Barthes, which won the best film, actress and photography awards [Concha de Oro] at the 34th Festival de San Sebastian, Spain, and the special jury prize at the Festival de Ste. Therèse, Canada...
José Mojica Marins
José Mojica Marins was born on March 13, 1936 in San Paulo, Brazil, to a family of simple means. José's love of movies began at an early age. He spent a great deal of his time with his family at the local movie house, which his father helped manage. By the time he was eighteen, he had completed over eighty films...
Tizuka Yamasaki
Brazilian-born Tizuka Yamasaki, a granddaughter of Japanese immigrants, has lived one of Brazil's most complicated identity crossroads. As a result, Yamasaki's films frequently deal with intersection of gender, race, nationality and ethnicity in Brazilian culture, pushing the question of what it means to be Brazilian...
Walter Carvalho
Cinematographer, Central Station
Vicente Amorim
Director, Good
"Vicente Amorim knows everything there is to know about filmmaking" -- Carlos Alberto de Mattos, film critic. Screen International and Filmmaker Magazine have, on different occasions, listed Vicente Amorim as one of the most important independent filmmakers in the world. Vicente's films have received 22 nominations for the Brazilian Academy Awards...
Lina Chamie
Director, São Silvestre
Born in Brazil, Lina lived 14 years in New York, where she graduated in Music and Philosophy from New York University and obtained her Master Degree in Music at the Manhattan School of Music. Chamie wrote and directed the feature films following: "Tonic Dominant" which earned her, among other awards...
Selton Mello
Producer, The Clown
Selton Mello is a Brazilian actor. Since his childhood, he has acted in TV shows. Throughout his career, he developed a strong and solid experience in cinema, being publicly and critically acclaimed. He has many memorable performances in his trajectory, such as the roles he played in the movies "To...
Sandra Kogut
Director, Mutum