, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announces new Original Series Invisible Cities, created and directed by renowned Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha, two time Oscar nominee animator responsible for successes like Ice Age, Rio, and his latest Ferdinand, movies that grossed over $3.1B worldwide.
Carlos Saldanha, a native of Rio de Janeiro, has always depicted his love of Brazil and its culture in his works with vibrant portraits of its diverse landscape, natural beauty and joyful people. In the project that marks his return to shooting in this home country, the filmmaker goes deeper into Brazilian soul to explore its faith and cultural mix.
Through Invisible Cities, Saldanha will leadaudiences around the globe into the stories that people tell about legends and the stories that legends say about people.
In Saldanha’s Original, there is an underground world inhabited by mythical creatures evolved from a deep lineage of Brazilian folklore. Invisible Cities tells the story of one detective who finds himself caught in a murder investigation that puts him in the middle of a battle between these two worlds.
“This new project marks an important moment in our slate of Brazilian Originals as we add a new genre to the diverse content we’ve been working to offer to our audiences by tapping into the cultural mixture that makes Brazil such a rich and interesting source of stories with universal appeal. We are beyond excited for doing so by partnering with talented and world-class director Carlos Saldanha,” says Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of International Original Content.
“Invisible Cities is a lifelong passion project that brings me back to filming in my home country. I’m thrilled to capture a contemporary take of Brazilian folklore with the millions of people around the world connected through Netflix.” says creator and director Carlos Saldanha.
With 8 hour long episodes, Invisible Cities will start production at the end of 2018.
About Carlos Saldanha
CARLOS SALDANHA (Director/Producer) is a two time Oscar nominated director, turned producer/director who started his own production companies, BottleCap Productions (U.S.) and Boipeba Filmes (Brasil), in 2012.
Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to NY in 1991.
His career began as the director of animation for the computer-generated characters in “Fight Club” (1999). Soon after he co-directed “Ice Age” (2002) and “Robots” (2005). He also directed the Oscar nominated animated short film, “Gone Nutty” (2004).
After the success of “Ice Age,” Saldanha directed “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006) and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009). In 2011 he created and directed “Rio”, a love letter to his hometown, which became a worldwide success. In early 2012, Carlos received the CinemaCon International Filmmaker of the Year Award. Following this achievement, the sequel, “Rio 2” hit the theaters and was highly received worldwide. Most recently, Carlos directed the two-time Oscar nominated animated feature, “Ferdinand” (2017).
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