César Charlone (cinematographer)

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César Charlone
Born1950 (age 73–74)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter, actor, cinematographer

César Charlone (born February 20, 1950) is a Uruguayan film director, screenwriter, actor and cinematographer. He was born in Montevideo but lives in Brazil. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the highly acclaimed film City of God. On 2007, he directed his first feature film, The Pope's Toilet, which was selected by Uruguay as its official submission for the 80th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1] A year earlier, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[2]




Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2007 The Pope's Toilet Yes Yes No Co-directed with Enrique Fernández
2011 La Redota - Una Historia de Artigas Yes Yes Yes
2014 Rio, I Love You Uncredited No No Segment "The Muse"


Year Title Director Writer Notes
2002-2017 City of Men Yes Yes Directed 3 episodes, wrote 2 episodes
2013 Destino Yes No Episode "Ileana Quer Casar... Ainda."
2016 3% Yes No 3 episodes



Year Title Director Notes
1985 Aqueles Dois Sergio Amon
1986 The Man in the Black Cape Sérgio Rezende
1987 Feliz Ano Velho Roberto Gervitz
1989 Doida Demais Sérgio Rezende With Antonio Luiz Mendes and Antonio Luis Soares
1996 How Angels Are Born Murilo Salles
2002 City of God Fernando Meirelles
Kátia Lund
2005 The Constant Gardener Fernando Meirelles
2007 The Pope's Toilet Himself
Enrique Fernández
2008 Blindness Fernando Meirelles
2011 La Redota - Una Historia de Artigas Himself With Fabio Burtin
2017 American Made Doug Liman
2019 The Two Popes Fernando Meirelles

Short film

Year Title Director Notes
2008 Blackout Daniel Rezende
2014 The Muse Fernando Meirelles Segment of Rio, I Love You

Documentary film[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1985 Em Nome da Segurança Nacional Renato Tapajós With Adrian Cooper, José Roberto Eliezer and Zetas Malzoni
1995 Two Billion Hearts Murilo Salles With José Roberto Eliezer, Pedro Farkas, Lúcio Kodato and Carlos Pacheco
2000 Pierre Fatumbi Verger:
Mensageiro Entre Dois Mundos
Lula Buarque de Hollanda
2007 Stranded Gonzalo Arijón
2010 Futebol Brasileiro Miki Kuretani
2012 No Place on Earth Janet Tobias With Eduard Grau, Sean Kirby and Peter Simonite
2017 Unseen Enemy With Zac Nicholson
Red Trees Marina Willer With Fabio Burtin and Jonathan Clabburn
2021 Alvorada Anna Muylaert
Lô Politi
With Lô Politi
2022 Benedetti, 60 años con Luz Andrés Varela


Year Title Director Notes
2000 Brava Gente Mário Márcio Bandarra
Fernando Meirelles
Kátia Lund
Episode "Palace II"
2004 Sucker Free City Spike Lee TV movie
2009 Independent Lens Gonzalo Arijon Episode "Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors"
2012 Destino Alex Gabassi
Fábio Mendonça
3 episodes
2024 Sugar Fernando Meirelles 5 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2002 Academy Awards Best Cinematography City of God Nominated
2005 Satellite Awards Best Cinematography The Constant Gardener Won
BAFTA Awards Best Cinematography Nominated


  1. ^ "63 Countries Seeking Foreign Language Film Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  2. ^ "Academy Invites 120 to Membership" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2006-07-05. Retrieved 2008-02-21.

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