Fernando Meirelles

Director
Among the prominent Latin filmmakers to have emerged during the late-20th and early-21st centuries, director Fernando Meirelles has perhaps been the most critically acclaimed of them all-no small feat when his ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1955 in São Paulo, BR

Filmography

Producer (14)

Elena 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trash 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Xingu 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

360 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tropicalia 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Father's Chair 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rosa Morena 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jose and Pilar 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Waste Land 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

City of Men 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pope's Toilet 2008 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation 2008 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Antonia 2007 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Not By Chance 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (7)

Rio, I Love You 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

360 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Constant Gardener 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

City of God 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Domesticas 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Golden Gate 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Domesticas 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Among the prominent Latin filmmakers to have emerged during the late-20th and early-21st centuries, director Fernando Meirelles has perhaps been the most critically acclaimed of them all-no small feat when his contemporaries have included Walter Salles, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Amenabar. With his breakout feature, the Oscar-nominated "City of God" (2002), a violent and kinetic film about drug-dealing gangs in the slums of Rio de Janiero, Meirelles displayed a flair for stylized camera moves, rapid editing and gritty realism-elements that soon became trademarks. A one-time commercial director, Meirelles has taken a non-traditional approach to filmmaking, using barebones crews, non-actors in major roles and major stars as camera operators for point-of-view shots. The results have been some of the most stunning and vibrant films to have emerged from south of the Rio Grande.

EDUCATION

University of Sao Paulo

Attended the School of Architecture and Urban Planning; final project was done in the form of a film, instead of the traditional designs

Milestones

2008

Directed "Blindness," the film version of the Nobel-prize winner José Saramago's book Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira, starring Julianne Moore

2005

Helmed the adaptation of John Le Carré novel, "The Constant Gardener"starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz (first film in English); earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director

2003

Directed the film adaptation of Paulo Lins' novel, "City of God," which chronicles how drug dealers took control of Brazil's infamous slum; earned a Best Director Academy Award nomination

2003

Directed the gritty miniseries "City of Men," which features many of the same actors from "City of God"

2002

Co-directed the short film "Golden Gate" aka "Palace II" (Brazil)

2001

Second feature "Domésticas (Maids)" earned Meirelles Cinema Brazil Grand Prize

1998

First feature was the family film "O Menino Maluquinho 2 (The Nutty Boy 2)"

Made a name for himself as a successful commercial director in Brazil

Started making experimental videos and went on to producing TV programs for Brazilian television

Formed the independent production company, Olhar Eletrônico with four friends

Opened the O2 Film company, which today is Latin America's largest advertisement firm

Bonus Trivia

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"My first reaction was to ask if the Academy had gone crazy. A movie in Portuguese been named for the best adapted screenplay? A film entirely finished in Brazil nominated for film editing and cinematography?" - Meirelles on his film "City of God" and its four Oscar nominations to the Associated Press, Jan. 27, 2004

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