JOSE PADILHA (Director), 45, is a Brazilian producer, writer and director.
As a documentary filmmaker, Padilha directed and produced three films. Bus 174
opened at the Sundance Film Festival and won several important awards, including
Best Documentary at the Rio Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Sao Paulo
Film festival, Best Documentary at the Miami International Film Festival, Best
Documentary at the Havana International Film Festival, a Peabody for
journalistic contribution, and the Emmy for Outstanding Cultural and
Journalistic Programming. Bus 174 also earned Padilha a nomination for Best
Director at the Directors Guild of America and the Charles E. Guggenheim
Emerging Artist Award. He also directed Garapa, which opened in Berlin in 2008
and won the second prize for documentaries at the Havana International Film
Festival 2006 and the Dirk Vanderseypen award 2009, as well as Secrets of the
Tribe, which he opened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and won the Maysles
Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film 2010. As a documentary producer,
Padilha produced Estamira (directed by Marcos Prado), which won the Best
Documentary awards at Rio de Janeiro and the Sao Paulo film festivals, Best
Documentary at Karlovy Vary, and Grand Prix Marseille International Documentary
Film Festival among many other significant awards; and Charcoal People (directed
by Nigel Noble), which opened at Sundance in 1999, and won two Amnesty
As a fictional filmmaker, Padilha has directed, written and produced two
features. For Elite Squad, he won several important international awards,
including the Berlin Golden Bear and the Brazilian Academy Award for Best
Director. Elite Squad 2 opened in Brazil in October 2010. Elite Squad was
critically acclaimed in Brazil. The film wonthe Brazilian Academy Award for
Best Script, Best Director and Best Film,and is currently the most watched
Brazilian film of all time, having sold more than 11 million tickets in 2010.
Elite Squad 2 is also the highest-grossing Brazilian film of all time, beating
Avatar and Titanic. The film was independently produced and distributed.
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