José Padilha

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José Padilha
Jose Padilha by Gage Skidmore.jpg
José Padilha in July 2013.
Born (1967-08-01) August 1, 1967 (age 46)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation Film director, producer and screenwriter
Years active 2000–present

José Padilha (Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ paˈdʒiʎɐ]; born August 1, 1967) is a Brazilian film director, producer and writer. He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear for Elite Squad in 2008.

Life and career[edit]

Padilha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He emerged onto the Brazilian movie scene with his first feature film Bus 174 (2002). In 2007, Padilha directed Elite Squad, his first fictional film. The film was a commercial and critical success, seen by more than 11 million people in Brazil, coming in at Number 1 in 2007. In 2008, Padilha won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Elite Squad, bringing him international attention. Due to the success of Elite Squad, a 2010 sequel was released: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. This film was selected as Brazil's official Academy Awards' entry in 2012 for Best Foreign Film, but it did not make the final shortlist.[1] The films form part of a planned trilogy, examining the influence of media, police and politicians on society.[2]

The documentary film Secrets of the Tribe premièred at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim.[3] This film explores certain allegations first brought to light in Patrick Tierney's book Darkness in El Dorado (2000), that anthropologists studying the Yanomami Indians in the 1960s and 1970s engaged in bizarre and inappropriate interactions with the tribe, including sexual and medical violations.

On March 2, 2011, it was announced that Padilha would direct the rebooted RoboCop film. The movie was released on February 12, 2014.


Year Title Language Awards
2002 Bus 174 Portuguese
2007 Elite Squad Portuguese Golden Bear
2009 Garapa Portuguese
2010 Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Portuguese
Secrets of the Tribe Yanomaman/Spanish/Italian/English
2014 RoboCop English


  1. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar". January 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Amber (2008-08-07). Jose Padhila on Elite Squad.
  3. ^ Secrets of the Tribe. (2010).

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