#1: From interview [2011]

#2: Dir a commercial [2010]

 

   


CÉSAR CHARLONE   ABC

 

Born: 19 April 1958, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Education: Veterinary Medicine [unfinished]; Escola Superior de Cinema São Luís, São Paulo, Brazil [1972-75].

Career: Went to Brazil in 1970. Started as c.asst working with ph Dib Lufti and Mario Carneiro. Went to Cuba [1986-1990] and was co-founder of the Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños.

Ph and directed numerous commercials & music videos.

Associate member of the CSC.

Appeared in ep doc tv-series 'Retratos Brasileiros: César Charlone'.

Awards: As doph: Festival de Gramado 'Golden Kikito' [1988] for 'Feliz año velho'; Festival de Gramado 'Golden Kikito' [1996] for 'Como nascem os anjos'; Prêmio ABC de Cinematografia [2001] for 'Brava gente Brasíleira' [ep 'Palace II']; Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana, 'Best Cinematography' Award [2002], Cinema Brazil Grand Prize [2003], Prêmio ABC de Cinematografia [2003], Camerimage 'Golden Frog' Award [2003], Brothers Manaki IFF 'Silver Camera 300' [2003] & 'Oscar' AA nom [2003] for 'Cidade de Deus'; BAFTA Film Award nom [2005], BIFA nom [2005] & BSC Best Cinematography Award nom [2006] for 'The Constant Gardener'; Plus Camerimage 'Silver Frog' Award [2008] & Prêmio ABC de Cinematografia [2009] for 'Blindness'.

As dir: Prêmio Colunistas Brasília 'Gold Medal TV' [2000] for commercials.


Director & Cinematographer: One particularly fruitful pairing of modern cinema has been that of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles and Uruguayan cinematographer César Charlone. Their three films ['Cidade de Deus/City of God', 'The Constant Gardener' and 'Blindness'] have showcased some of the most visually arresting imagery of recent times and their evident rapport speaks volumes about what can happen when great artists collide.

'Even before my relationship with Fernando, I always observed how some directors tend to have this relationship and some directors tend to change all the time,' reveals Charlone of this delicate balance. 'I think it was John Huston who didn't repeat the director of photography from one film to the other. Some directors are very faithful; it's like a marriage to their 'husband' photographers. And others are very playboy, going around with all different types of photographer!' Invariably it's the cinematographer - the silent partner - that gets overlooked in this marriage; they may be known as the 'masters of the light' but they reside in the shadows. Most cinema fans could identify a Wes Anderson film, but how many would know how to spot a Robert Yeoman feature? The celebrated cinematographer Vittorio Storaro said that cinematography was a shared art that couldn't be articulated by any one single person. Orson Welles recognized this: he gave cinematographer Gregg Toland equal billing by putting their names together in the final credits for his chef-d'œuvre, 'Citizen Kane'.'

'There often isn't a very clear delineation between what directing is and what cinematography is because some directors like to frame. For example, the Scott brothers [Ridley and Tony]: they are so image driven, they know exactly what they are looking for and I would guess that there is a smaller space for the cinematographer to help, while other directors that are more actor-driven leave more space. It's up to us cinematographers to find what exactly the directors need; where you can help them.' [From movieScope magazine, Issue 17, May/June 2010.]


 

 FILMS

1984

Em nome da segurança nacional [Renato Tapajós] c; doc/48m; cph: Adrian Cooper, Zetas Malzoni & José Roberto Eliezer

1984

Nada será como antes, nada? [Renato Tapajós] 16mm/c; doc/43m; cph: Aloysio Raulino & Zetas Malzoni

1984

Hia sa sa - hai yah! [Olga Futemma] v/c; doc/30m

1984

Aqueles dois/That Couple [Sérgio Amon] c; 2uc: Christian Lesage

1985

O homem da capa preta/The Man in the Black Cape [Sérgio Rezende] c

1986

Feliz año velho/Happy Old Year [Roberto Gervitz] c

1989

Doida demais/She Can Drive a Person Crazy [Sergio Rezende] c; cph: Antônio Luís Mendes & Antônio Luís Soares

1994

Dois bilhoes de coraçoes/Todos os corações do mundo/Two Billion Hearts [Murilo Salles] s16+35mm-to-35mm/c; doc/108m; superv ph; cph: Jacques Cheuiche, Walter Carvalho, Roberto Amadeo, a.o.; aph: Mustapha Barat; official FIFA World Cup film

1995

Como nascem os anjos/How Angels Are Born [Murilo Salles] c

1998

[Pierre 'Fatumbi'] Verger: Mensageiro entre dois mundos/Pierre Fatumbi Verger: Messenger Between 2 Worlds [Lula Buarque De Hollanda] s16-35bu/c; doc/82m

2001

Cidade de Deus/City of God/God's Town [Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund] s16+s35-to-35mm/c

2002

Intolerance [Fernando Meirelles] announced; status unknown

2004

The Constant Gardener [Fernando Meirelles] s16+s35-to-35mm/c

2005

El baño del Papa/O banheiro do Papa/The Pope's Toilet [César Charlone & Enrique Fernández] s16-35bu/c; + co-scrpl

2007

Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains/Stranded! The Andes Plane Crash Survivors [Gonzalo Arijon] s16+dv-to-35mm/b&w-c; doc/126m

 

Fernando Meirelles [left] - CC

actress Julianne Moore - "Blindness"

 

2007

Blindness/Ensaio sobre a cegueira [Fernando Meirelles] mdv (Sony DCR-PC110)+s16+s35+vv-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: James Sainthill; addph Brazil: Adriano Goldman

2007

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain [Ravi Kumar] scheduled as ph with a September start, but film was ph by Charlie Wuppermann

2008

Blackout [Daniel Rezende] c; short/10m; + cast

2008

Futebol Brasileiro [Miki Kuretani & Tatiana Vilela] c; doc/66m

2008

The Pope Project/The Pope's Toilet [?] in development; German/Polish remake of film (see 2005)

2009

Love's Labors Lost [Fernando Meirelles] in development since 2007; status unknown

2009

Camila and Adriana [Dainara Toffoli] in development since 2008; status unknown

 

"La redota - Una historia de Artigas"

 

2009

La redota - Una historia de Artigas/Artigas - La redota [César Charlone] 35mm+HD (Canon EOS 5D + Silicon Imaging SI-2K)-to-35mm/c; cph: Fabio Burtin; + co-scrpl; released in 2011

2010

No Place on Earth [Janet Tobias] HD (Silicon Imaging SI-2K + Canon EOS 5D & C300 + ARRI ALEXA)+RED-to-digital/b&w-c; doc + dram seq/83m; ph return visit Ukraine; other ph: Eduard Grau (drama seq winter), Sean Kirby (interviews + 2uc return visit) & Peter Simonite (drama seq spring + 2uc drama seq winter); addph: Zac Nicholson, Christopher Beauchamp & Robert Franklin; filmed 2010-11

2014

Unseen Enemy [Janet Tobias] ?/c; doc/?m; cph (+ 2ud): Zac Nicholson; 2uc: Dennis Porter; filmed 2014-15

2015

American Made/Mena [Doug Liman] c

 

 TELEVISION

2001

Golden Gate (Palace II)/Palace II [Kátia Lund & Fernando Meirelles] tvm/21m; ep of series 'Brava gente Brasíleira'

2002

Cidade dos homens/City of Men [ep #4 'Uólace e João Victor' dir by Fernando Meirelles & Regina Casé] 19-part series, 2002-05; 1st season, 2002 (4 ep); other ph: Adriano Goldman

2003

Cidade dos homens/City of Men [ep #6 'Dois para Brasília/Two Tickets to Brasília/The Two on Their Way to Brasília' dir by César Charlone] 2nd season, 2003 (5 ep); cph: Adriano Goldman; video ph: Guilherme Ramalho; see 2002

2003

Sucker Free City [Spike Lee] tvm

2012

Pedro & Bianca [Fábio Mendonça & Roberto Moreira] 14-part series, 2012-13; ph ep #1-3 + ph superv ep #4-14; other ph: Fernanda Tanaka (#4-6), Sergio Isidoro (#7-9) & Ariel Schvartzman (#10-14); for TV Cultura (Projeto escola 2.0)

2012

Destino: São Paulo [ep #1 'Día da Independência' dir by Alex Gabassi, #2 'O banquete do avô' dir by Fábio Mendonça (FM) & #6 'Pão e Círco' dir by FM] 6-part series/b&w-c/HD; other ph: Marcelo Trotta; 2uc: Ariel Schvartzman; for HBO MAX-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

2003

Man on Fire [Tony Scott] c.op 'a' cam; ph: Paul Cameron; Charlone left prod to join Spike Lee as ph of 'Sucker Free City'

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

1984

E quando eu crescer [doc/?m] ph: ?

2002

Cidade dos homens/City of Men [ep #1 'A coroa do imperador/The Emperor's Crown'; + co-scrpl] 19-part tv-series, 2002-05; 1st season, 2002 (4 ep); ph: Adriano Goldman

2003

Cidade dos homens/City of Men [ep #6 'Dois para Brasília/Two Tickets to Brasília/The Two on Their Way to Brasília'; + cph] 2nd season, 2003 (5 ep); cph: Adriano Goldman; see 2002

2005

El baño del Papa [co-d; + co-scrpl/ph] see Films & Television

2009

La redota - Una historia de Artigas/Artigas - La redota [+ co-scrpl/cph] see Films & Television

2013

Destino: Rio de Janeiro [ep #3 'Ileana quer casar... ainda...'; 6-part series, 2013-14] ph: Gustavo Hadba; for HBO MAX-tv

2013

Rio, eu te amo/Rio, I Love You [uncred co-dir (with Fernando Meirelles) seg 'A musa'] HD-to-digital/c; 10 seg + opening and closing seq/transitions; ph: ?

2015

Goleiro [feature] pre-production

2015

3% [series] announced; for Netflix; a 3-part pilot (dir by Daina Giannecchini, Dani Libardi & Jotagá Crema; ph: José Roberto Eliezer; RED One/26m) was released on YouTube in 2011 to attract the attention of tv-networks