ABOUT

One of the most award-winning movie producers in Brazil and responsible for ARTIFICIAL PARADISES, ELITE SQUAD – the Enemy Within, Brazil's largest public film in the history of Brazilian cinema and Elite Squad, winner of the Golden Bear in 2008. Established in 1997, also ZAZEN produced the documentaries SECRETS OF THE TRIBE, GARAPA, ESTAMIRA, documentary larger audience in theaters in 2006, BUS 174, winner of the Emmy Awards and CHARCOAL PEOPLE.

Recognized worldwide for the high quality of its productions, ZAZEN have their films distributed in Theaters and TV for various countries by companies such as IM GLOBAL, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, The Weinstein Company, HBO, National Geographic, ARTE France, BBC, NHK, ThinkFilm, Rio Movie, SIC Portugal and Brazil Channel, among others.

Besides having received many awards at major national festivals, their films represented Brazil at several international festivals like Berlin International Film Festival, Emmy Award (USA), Sundance Film Festival (USA), Karlovy Vary (Czech Rep.), Havana (Cuba) , International Documentary Festival of Marseille (France), Human Rights in Nuremberg (Germany), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), International Documentary Film Festival of Chicago (USA), among others.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

Cinema

Artificial Paradises (2012)

ELITE SQUAD – The Enemy Within (2010)

Garapa (2009)

ELITE SQUAD (2007)

Estamira (2006)

Bus 174 (2002)

The Charcoal People (2000)

TV

Estamira for Everyone and Nobody (2007)

Timber (2005)

Wetland (2001)

Pantanal Cowboys (2001)

Facing the Jaguar (2001)

 Other

Waste (2007, Live Earth)

Charcoal (2007, Live Earth)

Us 2 Little Gods (2008, clip Dido)

 

OBJECTIVES

The main objective of ZAZEN PRODUCTIONS is explorer the potential by developing and producing films and documentaries that discuss important social issues.

PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS

1. The content and the quality of our films always come first.

2. Our main assets are the creativity, honesty and the transformative impact of our films in the society.

3. Our films are as cheap as possible, but are not cheaper than that.

4. Whenever possible, participated in the economic return of the films we produce.

5. Our success depends more on the quality of films we produce than the values e have received to run the productions.

6. The clarity and transparency regarding funding are key commitments of our projects.

7. Our structure is dimensioned for the development of our projects and not for its execution.

8. Our projects are designed as autonomous economic units, with income and expenses, profit objective.

9. We always work with the best talent.

10. We only work with people we can trust 100%.

 

ASSOCIATES

MARCOS PRADO

Marcos Prado is a partner of ZAZEN PRODUCTIONS. Director of winners and ARTIFICIAL PARADISE and ESTAMIRA, produced the ELITE SQUAD I and II, BUS 174, GARAPA and THE CHARCOAL PEOPLE.

Marcos began his career as a photo documentarian and developed themes such as "Free Tibet", "The Charcoal" and "Jardim Gramacho." He has received several national and international photography awards, including the prestigious World Press Photo Contest, the Focus on Your World, the UN, and the Hasselblad Master. Participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. Author of two books of photo documentary has photos in the permanent collections of Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and MASP Sao Paulo.

JOSÉ PADILHA

José Padilha is a founding partner of ZAZEN PRODUCTIONS. He is director of Robocop (2014), ELITE SQUAD (winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin 2008) and ELITE SQUAD – the emeny within (most watched film in the history of national cinema). In 2010, the documentary premiered SECRETS OF THE TRIBE, at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2009, released the documentary GARAPA. In 2002, he produced and directed the documentary BUS 174, winner of the 2005 Emmy Awards. And is the producer of ARTIFICIAL PARADISES, ESTAMIRA and THE CHARCOAL PEOPLE.

Padilha's degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He studied Political Economics, English and International Politics at Oxford, England Literature.

 

FILMS

SECRETS OF THE TRIBE

DOCUMENTARY / 98 MIN / COLOR / HD/ BRAZIL & ENGLAND / 2013

SYNOPSIS

Directed by José Padilha (Bus 174 and Elite Squad 1 & 2), Secrets of the Tribe is a documentary feature film about the anthropological studies of the Yanomami Indians since the 60s, when they were established the first permanent points of contact with the tribes of the lower Orinoco region in the Venezuelan Amazon. To counteract the opinion of the leading scholars on the supposed innate violence of the Yanomami region, the film reveals serious problems with own anthropology, both from a methodological point of view and from the point of view of ethics. The lack of reliability, as the data collected in the context of "ethnographic experiences", the lack of ethics on respect and less interaction with technologically advanced cultures, and medical and sexual abuse that were always present in the anthropology of so-called primitive tribes, if manifested in extreme form in the case of the Yanomami, implying institutions and famous anthropologists such as Napoleon Chagnon, eminent American biologist, and Jacques Lizot, famous disciple of the French structuralist Claude Lévi-Strauss. The film, co-produced by HBO, BBC and ARTE, was screened at Sundance in 2010, and received the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary.

FESTIVALS

Sundance Film Festival, USA - World Premiere

Stranger than Fiction, Ireland

Festival It's All True, Brazil

Independent Film Festival of Boston, USA

HotDocs, Canada

Taiwan International Indigenous Film Festival, Taiwan

Latin American Film Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

Seattle International Film Festival, USA

Montreal First Peoples' Festival, Canada

Waterfront Film Festival, USA

Los Angeles Film Festival, USA

Silverdocs, USA

New Zealand Film Festival

Film and Art Fest, Poland

Bergen International Film Festival, Norway

Doc Fest, UK

Leeds International Film Festival, France

Levante International Film Festival, Italy

Sevilla European Film Festival, Spain

Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Cuba

Festival of Nouveau Cinema Montreal, Canada

Hawaii Film Festival, USA

Split Film Festival, Croatia

Lens Politica, Finland

Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, USA

Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada

Denver Film Festival

·         Best Documentary Maysles Brothers Award

Films from the South, Norway

Tacoma Film Festival, USA

New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema, USA

Black Nights Rooftop Cinema, Finland

Fort Worth Film Festival, USA

Margaret Mead Film Festival, American Museum of Natural History New York, USA

UNAFF: United Nations Association Film Festival, USA

Human Rights Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia

Cleveland Film Festival, USA

Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Australia

Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey

360 Dok - The Russian Documentary Film Festival

RAI International Festival Of Ethnographic Film, England

Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, Taiwan

 

ARTIFICIAL PARADISES

FICTION / 95’ / COR / HD / BRAZIL / 2012

DIRECTOR MARCOS PRADO

SYNOPSIS

Artificial Paradises tells the love story of Nando and Erika, two young people in their early 20s, who meet and miss one another over the years. Having as background the universe of mega raves and electronic music festivals, the film portrays the maturation of its protagonists from their experiences with family and friends.
 Set in the 2000s, the film is narrated in three acts: the first takes place in Amsterdam, where Nando travels with his friend Patrick, and where he meets Erika, an international DJ; the second takes place a few years  earlier, at a rave by the sea, where Erika go on a trip with her friend Lara, and where Nando is also attending with Patrick; the third takes place years after the first act, in Rio de Janeiro, Nando's hometown, where he faces family problems, mainly with his younger brother, Lipe, and where, eventually, he finds Erika.

 

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

CinePE, Brazil (2012)

·         Best Sporting Actress

·         Best Cinematography

·         Best Sound Editing

·         Best Editing

14º FICA, Brazil (2012)

Montreal  – 36th Montreal World Film Festival, Canada (2012)

6º Cine Music, Brazil (2012)

·         Best Sound Mixer

Cologne Conference GmbH, Germany (2012)

Brazil Film Fest in Toronto, Canada (2012)

Festival du Film Brésilien de Montreal, Canada (2012)

Bangkok International Film Festival, Thailand (2012)

Plus Camerimage, Poland (2012)

The Prague International Film Festival FEBIOFEST, Chez Republic (2013)

 

ELITE SQUAD – The Enemy Within

DRAMA / 116 MIN / COLOR / 35 MM / BRAZIL / 2010

DIRECTOR JOSÉ PADILHA

SYNOPSE

The most popular character of brazilian cinema since the resumption come back more mature, more strategic and more lonely, Colonel Nascimento gives SPECIAL UNITS structure and force. Departs trafficking in many slums. Prevents crooked cops profits with traffic, only to find that the public safety of Rio de Janeiro nothing is what it seems, and that the problem to be faced is not restricted to trafficking. The hole is much below.

The fate of the city and Nascimento intersect in Elite Squad - The Enemy Within. From intense research, director José Padilha and screenwriter Bráulio Mantovani built a current story, based on true events that blend the fictional story of Nascimento, your family, and your friends, to talk about the reality of Brazil through cinema. To meet the challenge and provide the public with a story as engaging as Elite Squad, Padilha and producer Marcos Prado told virtually the same team and the same cast from the first film. An integrated team, which resumed dedication and hard the challenge of continuing a saga, and a character that marked Brazilian cinema forever.

In Elite Squad – The Enemy Within, the system is reinvented and discovers how to profit without the intermediary of trafficking. In pursuit of the path taken by the system, the public accompanies Nascimento going beyond the limits of the barracks, revealing connections with the state militia. And the price is high for this discovery. Do not know where the shot comes.

 

AWARDS

Havana Film Festival, Cuba – 2011

·         Best Director

·         Best Editing

·         Jury Special Awards

XV Festival de Cine de Lima, Peru - 2011

·         Best Film

Grand Prize of Brazilian Cinema, Brazil - 2011

·         Best Film

·         Best Director

·         Best Cinemathography to Lula Carvalho

·         Bast Actor

·         Best Editing

·         Best Original SAcreenplay

ACIE de Cinema Award, Brasil - 2011

·         Best Film

·         Best Cinemathography

·         Best Actor

·         Best Screenplay

SESC Best Films of the Year Awards, Brasil - 2011

·         BestFilm by audience

·         Best Director

·         Best Actor

·         Best Screenplay

Portuguese language Film Festival, Cineport, Brazil - 2011

·         Best screenplay

Contigo! Cinema Awards, Brazil -  2011

·         Best Film

·         Best Director

·         Best Cinemathography

·         Best Actor

·         Best Screenplay

OTHER FESTIVALS

Sundance FF, USA - 2011

FF Berlin, Germany - 2011

Miami IFF, USA - 2011

FF Guadalajara, Mexico - 2011

Hong Kong IFF, Thailand - 2011

FF Istanbul, Turkey - 2011

Mostra de Valencia, Spain - 2011

FF Sydney, Australia - 2011

IFF Edinburgh, UK - 2011

FF LA, USA - 2011

IFF Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - 2011

IFF Durban, South Africa - 2011

IFF Melbourne, Australia - 2011

IFF Santiago, Chile -2011

FF Vukovar, Croatia - 2011

Fresh FF, Prague, Czech Republic - 2011

Cine International Fine Arts Festival, Dominican Republic - 2011

Singapore IFF, 2011 Singapura-

FF Busan, South Korea - 2011

IFF Vienna, Austria - 2011

Minneapolis St. Paul Latin FF, USA - 2011

Kokata FF, India - 2011

Cinemanila IFF, Philippines - 2011

International Film Festival of Viña del Mar, Chile - 2011

Palm Springs IFF, USA – 2012

 

GARAPA

DOCUMENTARY/ 110 MIN / B&W/ 35 MM / BRAZIL / 2009

DIRECTOR JOSÉ PADILHA

SYNOPSIS

According to the UN, 920 million people in the world suffer due to chronic hunger. The true significance of these numbers depends on our understanding of what “chronic hunger” means. Generally, our sources of information deal with the matter from a macroscopic perspective, providing numbers and information about the environmental, geographic, economic and political causes of continued hunger. Although this information is essential for the understanding of the problem, it is not complete as it does not give us a perspective of what chronic hunger means for those who have to face it on a day to day basis. GARAPA is the product of over 45 hours of material shot by a small crew which, over four weeks, followed the day-to-day life of three families in the state of Ceará. Leading these families, we find Rosa, Robertina and Lúcia – women who, facing very adverse conditions, fight to feed their families and seek out strategies for survival in an environment where the lack of food is constant. The goal of the film is to give the audience a chance to understand hunger from an emotional and personal perspective, through the eyes of these families.

 

FESTIVALS

Prizes

·         Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Cuba - 2009

·         2nd. Coral Prize in the Documentary Competition

·         FIPRESCI – Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara

 OTHER FESTIVALS

Berlinale, Germany - 2009

Fribourg IFF, Switzerland - 2009

Guadalajara IFF, Mexico - 2009

It´s All True Festival, Brazil - 2009

Tribeca FF, USA - 2009

Dokfilmwoche, Germany - 2009

I Amazônia Doc, Brazil - 2009

Augsburg FF, Germany - 2009

Stranger Than Fiction , Germany - 2009

CineDocumenta, Brazil - 2009

IFF in Transylvania, Romania - 2009

Cines del Sur - Granada Festival, Spain - 2009

Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental (FICA), Brazil - 2009

Edimburg FF, Scotland  - 2009

Lima FF, Peru  - 2009

Film and Art Festival, Poland  - 2009

Gramado Festival, Brazil - 2009

Anonimul IFF, Romania - 2009

Monterrey FF, Mexico  - 2009

Montreal FF, Canada  - 2009

Forum International Medias Nord-Sud, Switzerland  -2009

Split FF, Croatia - 2009

7o Curta Santos, Brazil - 2009

Millennium FF, Brussels  - 2009

Maputo, Mozambique  - 2009

Biarritz FF, France  - 2009

D. H. Nuremberg FF, Germany  - 2009

Pusan IFF, Korean - 2009

4th Human Rights FF, South America  - 2009

CPH:DOX, Denmark  - 2009

AARHUS FF, Denmark - 2009

Viennale, Austria - 2009

Filmar in Latin America, Switzerland  - 2009

Stockholm FF, Sweden - 2009

DLAFF: Discovering Latin American FF, England  - 2009

Watch Docs FF, Poland  - 2009

DocPoint - Helsinki Doc FF, Finland - 2010

Black Movie FF, Switzerland  - 2010

DC Environmental FF, USA - 2010

Guadalajara FF, Mexico - 2010

Movies That Matter, Netherlands - 2010

Subversive FF, Croatia - 2010

IFF Innsbruck, Austria - 2010

4th Festival Cinema with Farinha, Brazil  - 2010

New England Ibero American FF, USA  - 2010

VII Mustra de Cine Iberoamericano, Spain – 2010

 

ELITE SQUAD

DRAMA / 118’ / COLOR /  35MM / BRAZIL / 2007

DIRECTOR JOSÉ PADILHA

 

SYNOPSIS

Rio de Janeiro, 1997.

Nascimento (Wagner Moura), captain of Rio de Janeiro Police Elite Squad, is designated to lead one of the teams responsible for bringing the peace to the Turano slum for a reason considered by him absurd.              

However, while looking for a replacement he will have to follow the orders. His wife, Rosane (Maria Ribeiro), is at the end of her first-child pregnancy and asks him everyday to leave the squad front line.

Under a huge pressure, the captain feels the stress effects. In that temper, he is called for another emergency at a slum. In the middle of a gunshot at a funk party, Nascimento and his team have to rescue two rookie officers from the regular force: Neto (Caio Junqueira) and Matias (André Ramiro). Anxious to fight the war and impressed with the efficiency of their saviors, they apply for the Elite Squad training camp.

Their reputation for being honest and energetic young men has spread throughout the Squad. They have been admitted to the Squad’s training camp, lead by Nascimento. The first one stands out for his courage, the second, for his intelligence. If only he could gather those two qualities in a single man he would have already found his replacement.

 

AWARDS

Berlin film Festival – 2008

·         Golden beer

SESC Festivals of bests  films, brazil – April 2008

·         Best movie

·         Best director – José Padilha

·         Best actor – Wagner Moura

APCA Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte - Brasil - April 2008

·         Best Director - José Padilha

·         Best Edition - Daniel Rezende

Festival Grande Prêmio VIVO do Cinema Brasileiro - Brasil - Abril 2008

·         Best Director - José Padilha

·         Best Actor - Wagner Moura

·         Best Supporting Actor - Milhem Cortaz

·         Best Cinematography - Lula Carvalho

·         Best Make-Up - Martin Macias Trujillo

·         Best Edition -  Daniel Rezende

·         Best Sound – Leandro Lima, Alessandro Laroca e Armando Torres Jr.

·         Best Special FX - Bruno Van Zeebroeck e Phil Neilson

·         Best Film – Popular Vote

A.C.I.E  Awards  Brasil – 2008                                                                       

·         Best Film

·         Best Director – José Padilha

·         Best Actor – Wagner Moura

·         Best Cinematographer – Lula Carvalho

·         Best Film – Popular Vote

ABC Awards (Brazilian Association of Cinema) - 2008     

·         Best Sound - Leandro Lima, Alessandro Laroca e Armando Torres Jr

Hola Lisboa Festival

·         Best Film Ibero-American

Connecticut Film Festival – 2008

·         Audience Favorite

·         Best International Film

Utrecht Latin American Film Festival, Holland – 2008

·         Best Film – Popular Vote

Lima Film Festival – 2008             

·         Best Movie – Popular Vote

Award for "Masterpiece" according to the Audience

·         Second Best Movie

Contigo Awards of Cinema, brazil – 2008

·         Best film

·         Best screenplay

·         Best director

·         Best supporting actor – André Ramiro

·         Best film – popular vote

·         Best actor popular vote – Wagner Moura

·         Best supporting actor popular vote – André Ramiro

4º Award Bravo! Prime of Culture, Brazil - Outubro 2008

·         Best Film

Park City Film Music Festival – Janeiro 2009

·         Gold Medal for Excellence to Pedro Bromfman

 OTHER FESTIVALS

Festival do Rio, Brasil - Setembro 2007.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Punta del Este, Uruguai - Fevereiro 2008

Festival Internacional de Cine y TV de Cartagena, Colombia - Março 2008

Festival Internacional de Cinema de Guadalajara, México - Março 2008

Arieles Awards, Mexico – Março 2008 (Indicado à melhor obra Iberoamericana)

Skopje Film Fest, Macedônia – March 2008

Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey

International Film Festival Kino Pasavaris, Lithuania - April 2008

Lleida Latin American Film Festival, Spain - April 2008

Festival Visual 2008, Spain May 2008                                              

Tribeca Film Festival, USA May 2008                                                                                    

DC Filmfest, USA – May 2008

Connecticut Film Festival, USA – May 2008

Seattle International Film Festival, USA – May 2008

Newport International Film Festival, USA – June 2008

Los Angeles Film Festival, USA – June 2008

Sydney Film Festival, Australia – June 2008

Moscow Film Festival, Russia – June 2008

Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic – July 2008

Berlinale Summer Film Festival, Germany – July 2008

Vukovar Film Festival, Croatia / Slovakia – July 2008

Brazilian Film Festival in Israel, Israel – August 2008

Bangkok International Film Festival, Thailand – September 2008

International Cinematographers Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Bulgaria – September 2008

Festival Internacional de Cinema de Paraty, Brazil – October 2008

Cero Latitud – Festival de Cine de Quito, Ecuador – October 2008

International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE, Poland – November 2008

Muestra Internacional de Cine de Asunción, Paraguay – November 2008

 

ESTAMIRA

DOCUMENTARY / 115’ / COLOR and  P&B / 35MM / BRAZIL / 2006

DIRECTOR MARCOS PRADO

SYNOPSE

“ESTAMIRA” tells the story of a 63 year-old woman who suffers from schizophrenia. ESTAMIRA has lived and worked for the past 20 years at the waste disposal site of Jardim Gramacho in Rio de Janeiro. Charismatic and maternal, ESTAMIRA shares her life with a community of elderly folk at the waste site. Filming began in January of 2000, when ESTAMIRA started getting treatment at a state-run psychiatric clinic. The film shows her life during four years of continuous medication; reveals her transformation and the effects the drugs had upon her. In her children’s statements, her arduous existence becomes exposed: her lost childhood in poor, rural Brazil, her tormented loves and marriages, and her frustrations. With a poetic, philosophical and eloquent discourse, ESTAMIRA lives for the mission that was set upon her: to reveal and to reclaim the truth.

ESTAMIRA was the documentary with the largest audience in theaters in 2006 and received 33 national and international awards, such as Best Documentary according to the official jury at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, at the Grand Prix of São Paulo, at the International Documentary Film Festival of Marseille and was chosen as the Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

 

AWARDS

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2004

·         Best Documentary

São Paulo International Film Festival – 2004     

·         Best Documentary

Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille - 2005

·         Grand Prix FIDMarseille

·         Prix du Groupement National des Cinémas de Recherche (GNCR)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Chez Rep.  - 2005

·         Best Documentary

Viennale Film Festival – 2005                       

·         FIPRESCI Prize

Havana Film Festival – 2005                                    

·         3rd Coral Award for Best Documentary

·         Documentary Award in memory of Pablo de la Torriente Brau

Perspektive International Human Rights Film Festival Nuremberg - 2005

·         Fourth International Human Rights Award

The Times bfi London Film Festival – 2005

·         Honourable Mention

Miami International Film Festival - 2005

·         Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

18° Rencontres Cinémas d'Amérique Latine de Toulouse – 2006

·         SIGNIS documentary Prize

9th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Texas – 2006

·         Special Mention by the Jury

FICA 2005 - International Festival of Environmental Film and Video

·         Best Feature Film

·         Press Award

·         Audience Award

Belém do Pará Brazilian Film Festival - 2005

·         Best Film

·         Best Cinematography

Cine Eco - Environmental International Film and Video, Serra da Estrela, Portugal - 2005

·         Best film

·         Honourable Mention

Ekofilm – International Film Festival on the Environment and Natural and Cultural Heritage - 2005

·         Best Documentary                                                  

·         Best Art Direction

 Goiânia Brazilian Film Festival - 2005

·         Best Documentary

Golden Apricot IFF, Armênia – 2006               

·         SILVER PRIZE International Documentary

II International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Natal, Brazil – 2006

·         Special Award: Trophy Baobá

III Cineport - Film Festival of Language Countries Portuguese, Brazil - 2007

·         Best Documentary

·         Best Cinemathography in a Documentary

A.C.I.E. Award of Cinema(Association of Foreign Press Correspondents), Brasil - 2007

·         Best Documentary

·         Best Cinemathography

I Guará – Festival of Environmental Cinema, Brazil – 2007

·         Best Film – Popular Jury

·         Best Documentary – Oficial Jury

2º Contigo! Award of Brazilian Cinema, Brazil – 2007

·         Best Documentary

·         Best Documentary Director

OTHER FESTIVALS

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam – 2005

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2005

Guadalajara International film Festival – 2005

It’s All True - 2005

Minneapolis/ St Paul International Film Festival – 2005

Latin American Film Festival in Warsaw – 2005

New York Brazilian Film Festival - 2005

Paris Cinéma Film Festival - 2005

Galway International Film Festival - 2005

Jerusalem International Film Festival – 2005

New Horizons International Film Festival - 2005

Latin American Film Festival in Lima - 2005

INDIE 2005 - World Film Festival in Belo Horizonte

Seoul International Film Festival – 2005

Meeting with the Brazilian Film CCBB RJ, SP, DF - 2005

Vancouver International Film Festival - 2005

DocBsAs International Film Festival – 2005

CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival - 2005

International Independent Film Festival of Mar del Plata - 2005

Festival dei Popoli. International Social

Documentary Film Festival, Florense – 2005

Documentaire sur Grand Écran - 2006

Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2006

Goteborg Film Festival - 2006

Spokane International Film Festival – 2006

Santa Barbara International Film Festival - 2006

Black Movie: Festival de Films des Autres Mondes - 2006

Istanbul Intl Independent Film Festival - 2006

RS International Summer Film Festival, Brazil - 2006

Point-of-View: Navarra International Documentary Film Festival – 2006

Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival, Russia – 2006

CineEsquemaNovo, Brazil - 2006

CineLatino Filmfestival in Tübingen, Germany – 2006

8th FICA - International Festival of Environmental Film and Video, Brazil - 2006

Biografilm Festival, Italy – 2006

South Film Festival, Israel – 2006

Ecofilms - Rodos International Films and Visual Arts Festival, Greece – 2006

Visuais de Rodos, Grécia - 2006

Tiburon International Film Festival, EUA - 2007

IX Festival do Cinema Brasileiro de Paris, França– 2007

VIII Latin American Film Festival, UCI, EUA - 2007

Festival de Cultura Brasileira Focus Brasil, Espanha – 2007

Festival ULISphotoFEST, Turquia – 2007

Festival de Inverno UFMG, Brasil – 2007

Brazilian Film Cycle, Rep. Tcheca - 2007

Festival de Cinema Latino-Americano de São Paulo, Brasil – 2007

3rd UK Brazilian Film Festival and 1st Portuguese

Film Diaspora, Reino Unido – 2007

Muestra Internacional Documental, Colombia – 2007

 

BUS 174

DOCUMENTARY / 120’ / COLOR / 35MM/ BRAZIL / 2002

DIRECTOR JOSÉ PADILHA

SYNOPSE

BUS 174 is a careful investigation of the hijack of a bus in Rio, based on an extensive research of stock footage, interviews and official documents. The hijack took place in June 12, 2000 (Valentine’s day in Brazil) and was broadcast live for 4 and a half hours. The whole country stopped to watch the drama on TV.

The film tells 2 parallel stories. Not only does it explain the dramatic events that unfolded as the police tried, and failed, to handle the hijack situation; but it also tells the amazing life story of the hijacker, revealing how a typical Rio de Janeiro street kid was transformed into a violent criminal because society systematically denied him any kind of social existence. Both stories are interwoven in a such a way that they end up explaining why Brazil, and other countries with similar social and economic problems, are so violent.

 

AWARDS

RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2002

·         BEST DOCUMENTARY – PUBLICS CHOICE

·         BEST BRAZILIAN FILM – FIPRESCI JURY AWARD

SÃO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2002

·         BEST DOCUMENTARY – GRAND JURY AWARD

CPH: DOX COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2003

·         AMNESTY AWARD

ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

·         AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DOEN AWARD – SPECIAL MENTION

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

·         BEST DOCUMENTARY – GRAND JURY AWARD

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL DOC. FILM FESTIVAL 2003                                                       

·         INNOVATIVE AWARD

ONE WORLD MEDIA AWARDS 2003

·         LONDON INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE AWARD

FILMFEST MUNCHEN 2003                        

·         INTERFILM ACADEMY AWARD

FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2003

·         Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award

·         The university of georgia – college of journalism & mass comunication

·         Peabody award 2004

·         Emmy Award 2005

·         Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming Award - News and Documenry

OTHER FESTIVALS

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2003

PARIS CINEMA 2003

KARLOVY VARY 2003

LONDON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

NEW DIRECTORS NEW FILMS 2003

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

GHENT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

SARAVEJO INTERNATIONAL FILM FETIVAL 2003

WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003

DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FETIVAL 2003

 

THE CHARCOAL PEOPLE

DOCUMENTARY / 70’ / COLOR / 35MM / BRAZIL /1999

DIRECTOR NIGEL NOBLE

SYNOPSE

First film production of Zazen, the charcoal PEOPLE  shows the lives of workers charcoal, following the daily process of dealing with charcoal of families in Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Pará. Shot without script in style "cinema verite”, featuring the work of American director Nigel Noble, brings testimonies of charcoal, which tell their own stories.

The result is a portrait of the social structure of poor families in the interior of Brazil. With the support of major organizations such as Conservation International and UNICEF, the documentary brings short and objective cards that inform the use given to coal after it leaves the forests. Produced from Brazilian forests, involving child labor and semi-slave, coal becomes steel and is embedded in cars and homes.

 

AWARDS

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival - 2000 - Best Documentary

II Fica – 2000 - Best Documentary

CCBB Film Festival “Encontro com o Cinema Brasileiro” - 2000 - Best Brazilian Documentary

OTHER FESTIVALS

Sundance Film Festival – 2000

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam - 2003