was born in São Paulo in 1955. While studying architecture at the University of São Paulo, he began to produce experimental videos with a group of friends, which led to the creation of an independent film production company called Olhar Electrônico
Together with his colleagues he won the main awards in Brazilian film festivals and his company gained recognition as being a reference for independent film production at the time. From experimental videos they began to produce TV programs, which helped to bring a breath of fresh air to Brazilian television in the '80s. ERNESTO VARELA, THE REPORTER, TV MIX and the RA TIM BUM series for youngsters are a few of his productions during this period. At the end of the '80s he evolved from filming in video to celluloid film and directed commercials, while in the early years of the '90s, together with Paulo Morelli and Andrea Barata Ribeiro, he opened the O2 Filmes production company.
Over the last 10 years, without abandoning his TV productions and beginning his cinema career, he has become one of the better-known commercial film directors in Brazil. During the last five years he has directed two short films and two feature films together with his associates. In 2000 he moved to Rio de Janeiro to select and prepare the cast for the feature film CITY OF GOD, filmed in 2001.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Fernando Meirelles Facts
|City of God|
|The Constant Gardener|
|Rio, I Love You|