PAULO HALM

Paulo Halm is a partner-director and founder of Canhota Filmes. He has worked as a screenwriter and cinematographer for 35 years and is also author of novelas by Rede Globo. He has written several nationally successful and prize-winning feature films, such as:

  • Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso I and II;
  • Amores Possíveis;
  • Cazuza, O tempo não para;
  • Casa da Mãe Joana I and II;
  • Mauá;
  • Quem Matou Pixote?;
  • Antes que o Mundo Acabe;
  • Dois Perdidos Numa Noite Suja;
  • Achados e Perdidos (awarded by the Academia Brasileira de Letras);
  • Olhos Azuis;
  • Guerra de Canudos;
  • Antes Que O Mundo Acabe;
  • amongst others.

For television, he is currently developing the novela Bom Sucesso for Rede Globo (scheduled to premiere in August 2019) and has also written Totalmente Demais, Malhação Sonhos and Intensa como a Vida. He has been nominated for two International Emmy Awards, the most important international awards in the audiovisual sector.

As a director, he has been at the forefront of projects such as the feature film Histórias de Amor Duram Apenas 90 Minutos (2010) and the feature documentary Hijab – mulheres de véu (2013), as well as ten short-length movies and one featurette (50’), most of which have won national and international awards:

  • Robinson (1982, short fiction);
  • Na Calada da Noite (1984, short documentary, Best Documentary of RioCine Festival);
  • Vigilante Rodoviário (1986, short fiction);
  • PSW- uma crônica subversiva (1987, featurette, fiction, Best Script of Gramado Film Festival, Best Movie, Script and Actor of RioCine Festival, Best Movie of Jornada da Bahia, OCIC – Ofício Católico Internacional de Cinema Award);
  • Biu – A Vida Real Não Tem Retake (1995, short fiction, Best Script and Best Movie of Festival de Brasilia);
  • Bela e Galhofeira (1998, short fiction, Best Movie, Script and Actress of Gramado Film Festival);
  • Retrato do Artista com um 38 na Mão (2000, short);
  • O Resto É Silêncio (2003, short fiction, Best Movie (Popular Jury) of the Festival de Cinema Luso-Brasileiro de Santa Maria da Feira in Portugal, Best Movie of Alucine – Festival de Cinema Latino Americano de Torotonto in Canada, Best Script and Best Actis of Gramado Film Festival, OCIC – Ofício Católico Internacional de Cinema Award and Best Actor, Best Script and Critic’s Choice of Festival de Recife),
  • Oficina do Diabo (shot in Portugal, 2004, short fiction)
  • Maria Ana Maria Mariana (2006, short fiction); and
  • O casamento de Mario e Fia (2012, short fiction, Best Direction, Art Direction, Music and Actress of Festival de Cinema da Amazônia).