Filmmaker Paulo Thiago Ferreira Paes de Oliveira died, aged 75, in the early hours of this Saturday (5), in Rio, after a cardiac arrest as a result of a hematological disease, which compromises the production of blood components.

The filmmaker was admitted to the Hospital Samaritano, in the South Zone of Rio, since May 7th. Paulo Thiago was a fundamental producer and director in Brazilian cinematography and leaves behind a wife and two children, with whom he shared his passion for cinema. His wife Gláucia Camargos is a producer, his son Pedro Antonio is also a filmmaker and Paulo Francisco is a musician.

Paulo Thiago’s body will be veiled this Saturday in a ceremony restricted to family members.

Paulo Thiago was born in Aimorés (MG), on October 8, 1945, and moved to Rio de Janeiro at the age of five. He studied economics and political sociology at PUC, but his passion for cinema and literature led him to these areas.

He fell in love with cinema in the sessions at the Cinemateca of the Museum of Modern Art and at the Cine Paissandu, which trained generations of filmmakers.

Currently, Paulo Thiago was preparing to shoot Rabo de Foguete, from Ferreira Gullar’s work, and a documentary about MPB4.

His debut as a documentary filmmaker was with “The literary creation of João Guimarães Rosa” (1969). The following year, he directed his first feature, “The Lords of the Land”.

Paulo Thiago directed important features such as “Vagas for fine-grained girls” (1993), “Policarpo Quaresma, hero of Brazil” (1997), “Orquestra dos Meninos” (2008), “Jorge, um Brasileiro” (1989) and Sagarana , o Duelo (1974), which was the representative film of Brazil in the Official Competition of the Berlin Festival.

In addition to being a director, he also acted as a producer in films such as “Aparecida, o Miracle” (2010), by Tizuka Yamasaki; “Engraçadinha” (1981), by Haroldo Marinho Barbosa; “O Bom Bourgeo”, by Oswaldo Caldeira; and “Beijo na Boca” (1982), by Euclydes Marinho.

His first film, “Os Senhors da Terra”, earned him the FIPRESCI award, which few filmmakers in Brazil have won.

Paulo Thiago was a man of cinema, respected and listened to by his colleagues, participating intensely in the movement for the growth of this art in the country. He was President of the Union of Film and Audiovisual Industry of Rio de Janeiro (SICAV) and of the Brazilian Association of Film Producers, and one of the founders of the Brazilian Association of Filmmakers.

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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