Fernando Meirelles is an Architect and Film Director. In the ’80s, he started directing TV programs. He is the founder of O2 FILMES, one of the biggest production companies from Brazil.
He has directed many TV series, feature films and TV commercials since then. He is also the executive producer of many films and TV series in Brazil and abroad.
In the 2002 CITY OF GOD won many awards in major film exhibitions and festivals, including 52 international awards. The film was also nominated for four of the 76th Oscar Academy Awards, including the Best Feature Film and the Best Director. In 2004, THE CONSTANT GARDENER received the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction and Best Film.
He also directed the adaptation of the novel BLINDNESS in 2008, which was nominated for Golden Palm in Cannes International Film Festival. In 2011 Fernando directed the feature film “360” with Antony Hopkins, Judy Law, and Rachel Weisz.
But Fernando is not just a movie's director and producer. He is more and more involved with environmental causes.
In 2016 he was the leading director of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony. The event, watched by more than 3 billion people around the world, was focused on the environmental challenges that the world is facing, the climate changes over the last years and the urgency to stop the rainforests deforestation.
He maintains a greenhouse of native species to recover riparian forest and create legal reserve áreas.
He his also the grandfather of 3 beautiful boys.
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