Top 50 Brazilian Directorsby BaalMan78 | created - 06 May 2011 | updated - 06 May 2011 | Public
Director | Terra em Transe
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 ...
Director | O Amuleto de Ogum
Nelson Pereira dos Santos was born on October 22, 1928 in São Paulo, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for O Amuleto de Ogum (1974), Memórias do Cárcere (1984) and Tenda dos Milagres (1977). He was married to Ivelise Ferreira. He died on April 21, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, ...
Director | O Bandido da Luz Vermelha
Rogério Sganzerla was born on May 4, 1946 in Joaçaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for The Red Light Bandit (1968), O Signo do Caos (2005) and The Woman of Everyone (1969). He was married to Helena Ignez. He died on January 9, 2004 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Director | Macunaíma
Joaquim Pedro de Andrade was born on May 25, 1932 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for Macunaima (1969), Conjugal Warfare (1974) and The Brazilwood Man (1982). He was married to Ana Maria Galano, Cristina Aché and Sarah de Castro Barbosa. He died on September 10, 1988 ...
9. Ruy Guerra
Director | Estorvo
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 ...
10. Walter Salles
Director | Central do Brasil
Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walther Moreira Salles Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Central Station (1998), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and Foreign Land (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.
12. Eduardo Coutinho
Director | Edifício Master
Eduardo Coutinho was born on May 11, 1933 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Eduardo de Oliveira Coutinho. He was a director and writer, known for Edifício Master (2002), The Mighty Spirit (1999) and Babilônia 2000 (1999). He was married to Maria das Dores de Oliveira. He died on ...
Director | Blindness
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 and video art. They won a huge number of ...
Director | Cassy Jones, o Magnífico Sedutor
Luiz Sergio Person (1936-1976) crossed the Brazilian cultural scene like a comet. He acted, wrote, directed and produced works of both cinema and theatre, worked as a commercial director and journalist. He established one of the most solid bodies of work in Brazilian cinema with only five feature ...
16. José Padilha
Producer | Tropa de Elite
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 ...
17. Hector Babenco
Director | Carandiru
Hector Babenco was born on February 7, 1946 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Héctor Eduardo Babenco. He was a director and writer, known for Carandiru (2003), Pixote (1981) and Lucio Flavio (1977). He was married to Bárbara Paz, Raquel Arnaud and Xuxa Lopes. He died on July 13, 2016 in ...
18. Leon Hirszman
Director | Eles Não Usam Black-Tie
One of the most important Brazilian directors of all time, Leon Hirszman is best remembered for the realistic manner of dealing with social and political themes in his works, from documentaries to feature films. His career started with a segment filmed for Cinco vezes Favela (1962) and The Deceased...
21. Roberto Santos
Writer | A Hora e Vez de Augusto Matraga
Roberto Santos was born in a working-class suburb of São Paulo in 1928. Started his cinema activities around 1952, in the first big studio built in Brazil, the Vera Cruz Studio. In 1956 makes his first movie, "O Grande Momento" ("The Great Momment"), the first neo- realistic movie made in Brazil. ...
Writer | Todas as Mulheres do Mundo
Domingos de Oliveira was born on September 28, 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Domingos José Soares de Oliveira. He was a writer and actor, known for Todas as Mulheres do Mundo (1966), Amores (1998) and Barata Ribeiro, 716 (2016). He was married to Priscilla Rozenbaum, Leila Diniz...
Director | O Mágico e o Delegado
Fernando Coni Campos was born on April 15, 1933 in Conceição do Almeida, Bahia, Brazil as Fernando Luís Cony Campos. He was a director and writer, known for O Mágico e o Delegado (1983), Voyage to the End of the World (1968) and Um Homem e Sua Jaula (1969). He died on December 24, 1988 in ...
Cinematographer | Alma Corsária
Carlos Reichenbach was born on June 14, 1945 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil as Carlos Oscar Reichenbach Filho. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Buccaneer Soul (1993), Dois Córregos: Verdades Submersas no Tempo (1999) and Filme Demência (1986). He was married to...
30. Sérgio Ricardo
Composer | A Noite do Espantalho
Sérgio Ricardo was born on June 18, 1932 in Marília, São Paulo, Brazil as Joao Lutfi. He is an actor and composer, known for A Noite do Espantalho (1974), That World and Mine (1964) and O Lado Certo da Vida Errada (1996). He has been married to Irene Cristina Gurgel since 1988. They have one child....
Director | Conterrâneos Velhos de Guerra
Vladimir Carvalho was born on January 31, 1935 in Itabaiana, Paraíba, Brazil as Vladimir Carvalho da Silva. He is a director and writer, known for Conterrâneos Velhos de Guerra (1991), Rock Brasília: Era de Ouro (2011) and O Evangelho Segundo Teotônio (1984).
33. Humberto Mauro
Director | Braza Dormida
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 (1933) - as well as...
Director | A Casa Assassinada
Paulo César Saraceni was born on November 5, 1933 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for The Murdered House (1971), O Viajante (1998) and Capitu (1968). He was married to Ana Maria Nascimento e Silva. He died on April 14, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.
37. Karim Aïnouz
Director | A Vida Invisível
Karim Aïnouz is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and visual artist.
Aïnouz debuted as a feature director with "Madame Satã" (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2002). Other works include "Central Airport THF" (Berlin Amnesty Prize 2018), "Futuro Beach" (Berlin Competition 2014), "The Silver Cliff" (...
Carlos Alberto Prates Correia was born in 1941 in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for Castelar e Nelson Dantas no País dos Generais (2007), Miniero Cabaret (1980) and Noites do Sertão (1984).
Director | O Canto do Mar
Born in Brazil in 1897, Alberto Cavalcanti began his film career in France in 1920, working as writer, art director and director. He directed the avant-garde documentary Nothing But Time (1926) ("Nothing but Time"), a portrait of the lives of Parisian workers in a single day. He moved to England in...
40. Anselmo Duarte
Writer | O Pagador de Promessas
Anselmo Duarte was born on April 21, 1920 in Salto, São Paulo, Brazil. He was an actor and writer, known for The Given Word (1962), O Crime do Zé Bigorna (1977) and Vereda de Salvação (1965). He was married to Ilka Soares. He died on November 7, 2009 in São Paulo, São Paulo.
41. Carlos Diegues
Director | Xica da Silva
Carlos Diegues was born on May 19, 1940 in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil as Carlos Diégues. He is a producer and director, known for Xica da Silva (1976), The Greatest Love of All (2006) and Better Days Ahead (1989). He has been married to Renata Maria de Almeida Magalhães since 1982. They have one child...
44. Marcelo Gomes
Writer | Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus
Marcelo Gomes was born on October 28, 1963 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. He is a writer and director, known for Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005), I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You (2009) and O Homem das Multidões (2013).
50. Walter Lima Jr.
Director | A Ostra e o Vento
Walter Lima Jr. was born on November 26, 1938 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for The Oyster and the Wind (1997), Os Desafinados (2008) and Plantation Boy (1965). He was previously married to Telma Costa and Anecy Rocha.