Daniela Thomas

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Daniela Thomas (born 1959) is a Brazilian film director, screenwriter and editor.

Early life[edit]

In 1959, Thomas was born as Daniela Gontijo Alves Pinto in Brazil. Thomas' father is Ziraldo Alves Pinto, a cartoonist. Thomas' brother is Antonio Pinto.


In 1994, Thomas co-directed her first feature film, Terra Estrangeira aka Foreign Land, alongside Walter Salles. Thomas is also its screenwriter and production designer.[1] In 1998, Thomas debuted as a theatre director with her version of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, starring Fernanda Montenegro and assisted by Luiz Päetow.[2] In 2007, again with Salles, Thomas directed Linha de Passe, the film which gave Sandra Corveloni a Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Thomas was also one of two creative directors for Rio's contribution to the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

Thomas' film Vazante premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]


As a director[edit]

As a writer[edit]


  • 2000 Winner of Silver Ariel Award for Midnight (1998).[7]
  • 2000 Winner of Best Director of Cinema Brazil Grand Prize for Midnight (1998).[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Foreign Land (1995) (as director, screenwriter, and production designer)". allmovie.com. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Da Gaivota". itaucultural.
  3. ^ "Panorama 2017 Programme Complete: Powerful European Auteur Cinema / Three Surprising Indie Gems from China and Hong Kong / Brazil Well-Represented with Five Films". Berlinale. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Midnight (1998)". IMDb. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Vazante". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla (January 10, 2018). "Review: Vazante Revisites Brazil's History in Black and White". The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Midnight (1998) -Awards". IMDb. Retrieved February 20, 2019.

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