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FERNANDO MEIRELLES (Director) An Academy Award nominee for City of God, Fernando Meirelles graduated with a degree in architecture. While attending university in Brazil, he made his first experimental productions using U-Matic equipment and a crew composed of friends. The resulting films won several prizes at the country's earliest independent video festivals. The same group of friends went on to found the innovative studio, Olhar Eletrônico (Electronic Glance), bringing new life to Brazilian TV in the 1980s. For a decade, the group produced programmes for a variety of TV stations. In 1989-1990, Meirelles created and directed the popular children's series "Rá-Tim-Bum,” for Brazilian public television. The 190 episodes of "Rá-Tim-Bum” received the Gold Medal from the New York Film and TV Festival in addition to numerous other awards.

From television, Meirelles went on to direct commercials and promotional videos. His independent studio, O2 Filmes, became the largest in Brazil and over a period of ten years, received the most prestigious national and international prizes, including five Cannes Lions, several Clios, and nine Professional of the Year awards. In 1997, Meirelles directed his first feature film, O Menino Maluquinho (Wacky, Wacky Boy) with Fabrizia Pinto.

Meirelles participated in the television project "Brava Gente Brasileira" (2000) directing the episode "Palace II" (Golden Gate) as a 'rehearsal' for City of God. Palace II was re-edited as a short and received the Best Short Film prize in the Panorama Section of the 2002 Berlin Film Festival among several other international awards. In 2000, Meirelles made his second feature film Domesticas (Maids) with director Nando Olival which was selected for competition at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. In 2002, he finished his third film, a feature-length adaptation of Paulo Lins' novel Cidade de Deus (City of God). The film was co-produced by Walter Salles' Video Filmes (Central Station). City of God won more than 52 awards around the world and received four 2004 Academy Award nominations including: Best Director (Fernando Meirelles); Best Cinematography (Cesar Charlone); Best Editing (Daniel Rezende) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Braulio Mantovani).

Since 2002, following on from the success of City of God, O2 Filmes together with Globo Television has produced five episodes per year of the television series, "City of Men" (Cidade dos Homens). Meirelles produces all episodes and has directed several of them.Fernando Meirelles is currently involved in his next feature film project, Intolerance in addition to producing films from first-time Brazilian directors.

In 2004 Meirelles directed the feature film The Constant Gardener, based on the John Le Carré novel.

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