Fernando Meirelles

BirthDay:

09 Nov 1955

BirthPlace:

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Bio:

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. After that, the group formed a small independent company called Olhar Eletrônico.

After working in independent television during nine years, in the eighties Meirelles gravitated towards publicity and commercials. He also became the director of a very popular children's television show.

In the early 90s, together with Paulo Morelli and Andrea Barata Ribeiro, he opened the O2 Filmes production company. His first feature, in 1998, was the family film "Menino Maluquinho 2: A Aventura". His next feature, "Domésticas" (2001), exposed the invisible world of five Brazilian maids in São Paulo and their secret dreams and desires.

In 1997 he read the Brazilian best-seller "Cidade de Deus/City of God", written by Paulo Lins, and decided to turn it into a movie despite an intimidating story that involves more than 350 characters. Once the screenplay, written by Bráulio Mantovani, was ready, Meirelles gathered a crew mixed with professional technicians and inexperienced actors chosen between the youngsters living in the favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro.

The film was a huge success in Brazil and began to attract attention around the world after it screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. "Cidade de Deus/City of God" (2003) has won awards from film festivals and societies all over the world, as well as four 2004 Oscar nominations, including a Best Director for Fernando Meirelles.
Filmography

Actor ( 20 credits )

O Velho Guerreiro Não Morrerá - O Cangaceiro de Lima Barreto 50 Anos Depois (2011)
Brasil Animado (2011) (voice)
Roberto Justus Mais (2011)  Himself - Guest
José and Pilar (2010) Himself
Side B (2007) Himself
Bokura no jidai (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Fotograma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Miradas 2 (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2008)
Pânico na TV (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Cidade dos Homens (2002) (1 episode, 2005)
A Floresta Feliz (2000) (voice)
Programa do Jô (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Domingão do Faustão (1989)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2012)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2009)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)

Producer ( 30 credits )

O Sentido da Vida (2018) producer
Americana (2017) executive producer
Exodus (2016) producer
El Revenge (2016) producer
The Eternal Son (2016) associate producer
Zoom (2015) executive producer
Contos do Edgar (2013) producer (2 episodes, 2013)
A Verdade de Cada Um (2013) executive producer (4 episodes, 2013)
Elena (2012) executive producer
Tropicália (2012) executive producer
Xingu (2011) producer
Eduardo e Mônica: O Filme (2011) producer (uncredited)
Brazukas (2011) producer
VIPs (2010) producer
Waste Land (2010) executive producer
José and Pilar (2010) producer
Adrift (2009) producer
Som e Fúria: O Filme (2009) producer
Sound & Fury (2009) producer (12 episodes, 2009)
The Pope's Toilet (2007) producer
City of Men (2007) producer
Not by Chance (2007) producer
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006) co-producer
Antonia (2006) co-producer
Antônia (2006) producer (5 episodes, 2006)
Ginga: The Soul of Brasilian Football (2005) producer
Up Against Them All (2004) producer
Cidade dos Homens (2002) producer (20 episodes, 2002-2005)
Martyrs' Crossing (0) executive producer
Zero Lux (0) producer

Writer ( 6 credits )

Som e Fúria: O Filme (2009) (adaptation)
Sound & Fury (2009) (12 episodes, 2009)
Antônia (2006) (2 episodes, 2006)
Cidade dos Homens (2002) (2 episodes, 2002-2005)
Domésticas (2001) (screenplay)
Rá-Tim-Bum (1989) (creator) (28 episodes, 1989)

Director ( 17 credits )

Rio, I Love You (2014) (segment "A Musa")
360 (2011)
Brazukas (2011)
Som e Fúria: O Filme (2009)
Sound & Fury (2009) (4 episodes, 2009)
Blindness (2008)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
City of God (2002)
Cidade dos Homens (2002) (4 episodes, 2002-2005)
Domésticas (2001)
Brava Gente (2000) (1 episode, 2000)
The Nutty Boy 2 (1998)
E no meio passa um trem (1998)
A Comedy of Private Lives (1995) (1 episode, 1997)
Rá-Tim-Bum (1989) (30 episodes, 1989)
Brasília (1983)
Marly Normal (1983)