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 works as an actor, director, producer, screenwriter and playwright. Partner of the film producer Bela Filmes, professor of the International Cinema Academy and founder of the theather company Cia dos Infames. In cinema, he directed the short films Brutality (2015), which participated in more than 15 national and international festivals, and "Those Who Lost Their Roof in Return Receives the Stars" (2018), which premiered at the 21st Festival Tiradentes de Cinema and Tiradentes Mostra SP. He appeared in the feature films "Corpo Eletrico" (2017), "Ap 420" (2017), "Searching for Borges" (2016), "Loneliness Night" (2016), "Amateur" (2014) and "Symphony of a Lonely Man ". He was nominated for Best Actor Award at the SESC Best Movies Festival for "Hamlet" and Best Supporting Actor for "Hunger". He is a screenwriter of feature films "Searching for Borges" (2016), "ILoneliness Night" (2016), "Amateur (2014)," Hamlet "(2014) and" Brutality "(2015). Produced the feature films "Estopo Balaio" (2017), "Ap 420", "Searching for Borges" (2016), "ILoneliness Night" (2016), "Amateur" , "Sermon of the Fishes" (2015), "Hunger" (2015). He was assistant director in the films "Hunger" and "Ap 420". He is the author of the plays "The Life of Infamous Men", "Perfect Music for Suicide", "The Steps Around", "The Smartest Face of Facebook" and "The Name of Things". In the theater, as an actor, his last plays were: "Perfect Music for Suicide", "Brazil: The Future That Never Comes (Dom Pedro II)", "The Life of Infamous Men", "Panic in the City", " Three Sisters "," Almost Nothing "," Happily Ever After ", among others.
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.
Renato Maia atua como montador, fotógrafo, roteirista e diretor. Tendo colaborado em mais de dez produções da Bela Filmes, recebeu recentemente prêmios de melhor montagem pelo filme "Fome" e pelo documentário "Elegia de um Crime", na edição de 2018 do "Festival É Tudo Verdade". Também em 2018 concluíu seu primeiro longa metragem na direção, "Anestesia". Atualmente está trabalhando na montagem de uma série sobre o educador Paulo Freire, da qual é também um dos roteiristas e fotógrafo. Em paralelo, conclui a montagem do documentário "Corpo e Muro", selecionado para o último Pirenópolis Doc e desenvolve o projeto de um segundo longa metragem como diretor.