Mario Carneiro

Mario Carneiro

Actor, Director of photography, Director


Mario Carneiro is a Brazilian-born film director, screenwriter, and producer. Carneiro began his career as an assistant director in 1988. He worked with directors such as Alfredo Sternheim, Walter Lima Jr., and Fábio Barreto. He then founded his own production company, Produções Carneiro, in 1993.

In 1996, Carneiro directed his first feature film, Terra Estrangeira, which premiered in the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was selected as one of the best Brazilian films of the year and earned Carneiro the Best Director award at the Gramado Film Festival.

In 1998, Carneiro directed the comedy drama O Quatrilho, which was a critical and commercial success in both Brazil and the United States. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Carneiro's other films include O Céu de Suely (2006), which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, and O Xangô de Baker Street (2008), which was nominated for numerous awards, including the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Carneiro has also directed several television series, including the popular telenovela O Clone (2001). He has served as a jury member at several international film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

In addition to his directing work, Carneiro has taught directing courses at the Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro in Rio de Janeiro and the Escola de Cinema de São Paulo. He has also written several books on screenwriting and film directing.

Carneiro is considered one of the most influential directors of his generation. His films have been praised for their innovative narrative style and complex characterization. He is widely respected for his commitment to telling stories that reflect the diversity of Brazil. Carneiro's work continues to be a major influence in Brazilian cinema.