Eliane Caffé graduated with a degree in psychology in 1987 and the following year left for Cuba to begin her filmmaking studies at the “Escola Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños”. In 1990 she traveled to Spain with a post-graduate scholarship for further studies in the humanities at the “Instituto de Estética e das Artes” at Madrid’s Autonomous University. On her return to Brazil, she continued with her filmmaking career by writing and directing shorts, feature films and TV series, which gained recognition with both critics and the public alike in important international film festivals. Throughout her trajectory, the director has worked increasingly more with themes revolving around the exploration of audiovisual languages used in “real conflict zones” – both in rural communities and in major urban centers. Her work is imbued with narrative experiments able to interact with real characters and make use of their collective life-experience repertoires by given them their own voice. More than just characters and settings, these collectives function on an equal basis with the film’s technical crew throughout the entire filmmaking process. Her partnership with art director Carla Caffé (the director’s sister) has been fundamental in assuring adequate tools for this procedure of collective creation. Both are presently focused on consolidating the practice of producing, and thinking, a more “polyphonic” or “dialogue-oriented” cinema which extends beyond the film locations.


. Graduated in Psychology at the Catholic University of São Paulo / 1985
. Masters at the “Instituto de Estética y Teoria de las artes“ – Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain - 1991/92.


*2010 – FUNARTE scholarship for the project “Interações Estéticas em Pontos de Cultura – Aesthetical Interventions in Points of Culture” (Alcântara / MA) – duration 3 months.

* 1990 / 92 – Scholarship granted by “National Council for Brazilian Scientific and Technological Development / CNPQ“ for masters degree at the “Instituto de Estética y Teoria de las Artes“ – Autonomous University of Madrid , Spain.

* 1987 - Scholarship granted by the “Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antônio de los Baños / Cuba“, for Drama and Screenplay Workshop – duration 3 months.


1.ERA O HOTEL CAMBRIDGE (fiction, HD, 90’/2017)
The film tells the story of refugees, recently arrived in Brazil who, together with homeless
migrants, occupy an old abandoned building in downtown São Paulo. Daily dramas, comical situations and different views on the world commingle with the threat of impending eviction.


-15ºInternational Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights - (FIFDH)/ Geneve
Special mention by the international jury
-11º Fest Aruanda do Audiovisual Brasileiro (João Pessoa – PB)
Best Film Award
Best Film Award - ABRACCINE jury
Best actriz to Suely Franco
-8º Festival Internacional de Cinema da Fronteira (Bagé – RS)
Best Film Award
Best actriz to Carmen Silva

-40º Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo – 2016
Best Film – populary jury
18º Festival Internacional do Rio de Janeiro | Première Brasil – 2016
Best Film – populary jury
Best ediction
64º Festival de San Sebastián | Horizontes Latinos – 2016
Menção Honrosa – Prêmio Spanish Cooperation
Hubert Bals Fund |Apoio para Pós-Produção (Festival Internacional de Rotterdam) – 2015
63º Festival de San Sebastián | Cine en Construcción 28 - 2015
Industry award

1. KENOMA (fiction, 35mm, 100’ / 1998)

In the Brazilian outback, a man is obsessed with transforming the remnants of an old abandoned mill into a utopian perpetual motion engine.


XX Biarritz International Film Festival / 1998
- Best Film Award “SOLEIL D’OR”.
International Gava Film Festival/Spain/1999.
- Best Film, Best Director and Best Photography Awards.
- 55th Internazionale D’Arte Cinematográfica – La Bienale di Venezia (Prospettive)
- 23rd Annual Showing – Toronto International Film Festival
Brazil/Portugal Cinema Encounter
- Best Actor for José Dumont
Brasília Film Festival/1998
- Best Actor for José Dumont , Best Art and Scenography Director and Best Opening.
Brazilian Film Festival Miami/1999
- Best Screenplay, Best Art Director and Best Supporting Actor.
- The film was selected for the film festivals in Locarno, Rotterdam, among others.

2. “STORYTELLERS” / Narradores de Javé – (fiction, 35 mm, 100’/2002).

Inhabitants of a small village in the Bahia outback decide to write the town’s “official history” to be granted a national heritage status and thus avoid being flooded by the waters of a major dam to be built in the region.


3 Americas Film Festival (Quebec / Canada) 2004
-Best Feature Fiction Film Award
Un Cine de Punta Film Festival (Punta del Leste / Uruguay) 2004
-Mano de Ouro Best Film Award
XIX Mexican and Iberian-American Film Festival Guadalajara
-Honorable Mention Award by Official Jury
30th International Independent Film Festival Brussels
- Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards
International Federation of Cinematographic Press
- Best Film Award by FIPRESCI Jury – Freiberg Film Festival/Switzerland – 2003
International Cine de Punta Film Festival/Punta Del Leste
- Mano de Oro Best Film Award/2004
International Film Festival Rotterdam / Holland - 2003
-Selected for the Competitive Exhibition for the 32nd International Film Festival
International Film Festival Rio de Janeiro/Brazil - 2003
- Best Film
- Best Actor for José Dumont
- Best Film by Popular Jury
Cine PE – Audiovisual Festival – 2003
- Best Film
- Best Director
- Best Editor, Sound, Actor, Actress and Supporting Actress
- Critic’s Award – Best Film
- Gilberto Freire Award
3rd Ecocine – National Environmental Film and Video Festival
- Best Film
7th Graphic Design Bienal/2004
- highlight in TV, Cinema and Video Category
APCA Award/2005
- Best Screenplay
Critics’ Award – CINESESC/2005
- Best Director
TAM Award for Brazilian Cinema – 2005
- Best Screenplay
- Best Supporting Actor

3. “MIDDAY SUN” / O Sol do Meio Dia – (fiction feature film, 110’, 35 mm)

The story of three characters from the countryside of Brazil who for different reasons are forced to leave their hometowns. They arrive all at the same destination – the city of Belem – in an attempt to turn over a new leaf.


33rd International Film Festival São Paulo/2009
- Critics’ Award Best Brazilian Film
International Film Festival Rio de Janeiro/2009
- Best Actors for Luis Carlos Vasconcelos and Chico Diaz

4. CALIGRAMA (documentary, 35mm, 30’ /1995)

Poetic essay on street dwellers in the city of São Paulo who reveal their way of life through sounds, objects, written words and self-portraits.


1995 – Brazilian Cinema Festival Brasilia
* Best Documentary by Official Jury
1996 – Del Nuevo Latin American International Film Festival
* Best Experimental Film by Official Jury

5. ARABESCO (fiction, 35 mm, 15’ / 1990)

Two men break into a house in which weird situations and absurd events take place, revealing two distinct manners of dealing with the unknown.


Gramado Film Festival/1990
- Best Short Film by Official Jury
- Best Short Film by Popular Jury
- Best Photography
- Best Scenography
- Best Sound
1992 – International Women’s Film Festival/Madrid
- Best Short Film by Popular Jury

6. “THE NOSE” / O Nariz – ( fiction, 35 mm, 11’ / 1987)
Searching for his identity, a man wears a rubber nose as he goes about his normal daily affairs.


Oberhausen International Film Festival, Germany/1989.
- Best Short Film by “Young Cinema” Jury
XII International Cinema Journey Bahia-1988.
- Best Fiction Short Film
XI Cinema and Video Journey Maranhão -1988.
- Best Actor for Carlos Gregório


VIDEO LETTER TO SÃO PAULO (essay/documentary, HD, 60’, 2011)
*Workshop Director for “video-letter” production with group of refugees in São Paulo.

SKY WITH NO ETERNITY / Céu Sem Eternidade - (documentary, HD, 70’, 2011)
*Workshop Director for “video-letter” production with quilombo communities in Alcântara, Maranhão in conflict with Space Project.
Nego Chico Award at GUARNICE FILM FESTIVAL /2011 - Honorable Mention.

GARRIDO BOXE - O Louco dos Viadutos - ( doc-fiction, HD, 160’ / 2009)
* Mini-series in 4 episodes for TV Cultura/2009. The true story of the occupation of areas beneath the Alcantara Machado overpass in São Paulo by GARRIDO BOXE who transformed them into gyms for low-income groups, street dwellers, prostitutes, ex-inmates and migrants – a factory for creating boxing champions.

MILÁGRIMAS (documentary, digital video, 55’ / 2006)
* Documentary on the creative process behind the Milagrimas dance spectacle with choreography by Ivaldo Bertazzo

CIDADES SEM JANELAS – City With No Windows (video-installation)
*Production of the Kinotrem video-installation for the multimedia event “Art & City/São Paulo.


- Coordination of audiovisual workshops for various units: Garrido Boxe Project; Therapeutic Projects; FUNARTE Unibanco Cinema Space; Paulista Cultural Space; SESC/SP, Fátima Toledo Studio; São Paulo Art School, B-ARCO Gallery, Praticável do Folias, among others.