Éthel Oliveira is an award-winning Brazilian director, writer, actress, and producer. She was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1977 and has been involved in the film industry since the early 2000s.
After graduating from the film school of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Oliveira worked as an assistant director for several years before beginning her directing career. Her debut feature film, “O Céu de Suely” (2006), earned her a nomination for the prestigious Cinema Brazil Grand Prize.
In 2008, Oliveira wrote and directed “Futuro Beach”, which won the CineCeará Award and received critical acclaim. The film was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2012, Oliveira wrote and directed her third feature film, “O Lobo Atrás da Porta”, which garnered her a nomination for Best Director at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. The film explored themes of family and power dynamics, and was highly praised by critics.
Oliveira’s fourth feature film, “Aquarius” (2016), earned her a nomination for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Oliveira has also written several short films, including “The Train” (2009), which won the Best Short Film Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival. In addition, she has directed several television series, including “Geração Brasil” (2014) and “Aruanas” (2019).
Oliveira is widely regarded as one of the most important contemporary filmmakers in Brazil. She has been praised for her innovative visual style and her ability to explore complex themes in her work. Her films have received numerous awards and have earned her international recognition.