Bela Filmes was founded in 2005 by Cristiano Burlan and Henrique Zanoni in São Paulo. The partners gained recognition from the public and the critics by developing independent projects in the movies and in the theaters. The documentary “Mataram Meu Irmão” (They killed my brother) was the winner in 2013 in three different festivals: It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival; “Prêmio Governador do Estado Para Cultura 2013” and “40º Festival Sesc Melhores Filmes”. The movie HAMLET released in 2015 was selected by the city of São Paulo to be distribute in the cinemas. “FOME” (Hunger), participated in the 48º Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro in 2015.
The same partners, in 2013, founded the “CIA dos Infames”, the theater company of Bela Filmes. The play “A vida dos homens infames” (The lives of the infamous men), CIA’s debut, was based on Michel Foucault’s work. The second play, “Música perfeita para o suicídio” (The perfect song for a suicide) is a part of the philosopher Emil Cioran’s job.
Bela Filmes has already produced two plays for theaters and more than twenty films, including short and long films, fictions and documentaries.
Cristiano Burlan was born in Porto Alegre, in 1975. He is a film and theatre director. In the 1990's he lived in Barcelona, where he directed the experimental cinema group, Super-8. He leaded the drama studies group A Fúria, in São Paulo. He teaches at Academia Internacional de Cinema – AIC and also at Escola Superior de Artes Célia Helena.
Most of his filmography has participated in several important festivals, such as Habana Film Festival, Festival de Málaga, É Tudo Verdade, Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo, Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro, among others. His most recent documentary “Mataram meu irmão” was the main winner at "É Tudo Verdade 2013", getting the Best Film Prize by the critics and by the jury. It also won the "Prêmio Governador do Estado de São Paulo" and "SESC Melhores Filmes" prizes.
Henrique Zanoni was born in Jundiai in 1981. He is an actor, producer, writer, and director in the movies and in the theaters. Mr. Zanoni is a partner in the Bela Filmes and a professor in the Academia Internacional de Cinema (Academia Internacional de Cinema).
Henrique Zanoni starred four different movies: “HAMLET”, “Amador”, “Sinfonia de um homem só” and “O Dilema do Prisioneiro”. He was also an actor in the “Corpo Presente” and in the “Unidos do Livramento”. In 2014, he directed his first short film – “Brutalidade”. In the theaters, Mr. Zanoni founded the Cia dos Infames and he produced “A vida dos homens infames”, “Pânico na Cidade", “As Três Irmãs", “Quase Nada”, “Felizes para Sempre”, “Nem Choro Nem Vela”, “Pouco Amor não É Amor” and “O Homem Ajuda o Homem”.
Etrus Pedrosa is a student at Fundação Getulio Vargas and today works in Bela Filmes
Ana Carolina Marinho was born in Natal-RN. She is part of “Coletivo Estopô Balaio” as a playwright and actress, in which she has been developing an artistic residence for six years in the Jardim Romano neighborhood, on the shantytowns of São Paulo. She writes for the magazine Antro Positivo with the goal to cover theater festivals (MIT-SP, Tempo Festival-RJ, FIAC-BA, among others), such as reviewer in the Performative Criticism and in the Antro Dialogues Collective. In 2014 she integrated the movie Hamlet of Cristiano Burlan as an actress and collaborator in the script. In 2015, she participated, alongside the critic and actor Jean-Claude Bernardet, in the movie “FOME”, which garnered two candangos at the International Fesitval of Brasilia. Her partnership with Burlan and JC extends in 2016 in the realization of the movie “Antes do Fim” as writer and actress. “Antes do Fim” , which as a co-production with Canal Brasil, had its first cut screened at the 20th Tiradentes Film Fesitval, the movie will be finalized In July 2017. Also, Ana Carolina Marinho is the screenplay of the movie “Cidade Clandestina” and “A Mãe”, which was selected for the 7th Brazilian CineMundi - International Coproduction Meeting and won the international co-production prize to participate in Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse - FRANCE.