Invisible City, a new original series from Brazil marking the debut of Carlos Saldanha on Netflix, began production with Prodigo Films in Sao Paulo, Ubatuba and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Oscar-nominated Saldanha is the creator and executive producer of the show, which is his first live-action series and will take Brazilian folklore stories to the world under a contemporary perspective.
Actor Marco Pigossi (Tidelands, Onde Nascem Os Fortes, A Força do Querer) stars as a detective from the Environmental Police Station. After finding a strange dead animal on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, the policeman engages in a secret murder investigation and finds himself in the middle of a battle between two worlds – ours, as we know it, and another inhabited by mythical entities, invisible to humans.
In the role of Ines, the owner of a nightclub with more to it than meets the eye, Alessandra Negrini (Mulheres Alteradas, Orgulho e Paixão, Boogie Oogie) also forms part of the main cast.
Invisible City is produced by Beto Gauss (Prodigo Films) and Francesco Civita (Prodigo Films) for Netflix, with Caito Ortiz (Prodigo Films), Maresa Pullman (BottleCap Productions) and Marco Anton (Boipeba Filmes) also as executive producers. Mirna Nogueira is the head writer. The series is directed by Julia Jordan, with general direction by Luis Carone, and will launch globally in 2020, only on Netflix.
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About Prodigo Films
Prodigo Films is a distinguished Brazilian Production Company, known for Most Beautiful Thing, fictional series developed for Netflix (now producing season 2), SOB, an Award winning series for HBO, and is currently producing Invisible City, Carlos Saldanha’s Brazilian folklore fantasy series also for Netflix. Prodigo produced the feature films Jules and Dolores, winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 SXSW and Matraga, 5 awards winner at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. In 2018, Prodigo produced and launched Florianopolis Dream, a 4 awards winner at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In the USA, Prodigo is represented by CAA. Other relevant works include: Aging – HBO (Documentary Series – 2 seasons); Breaking The Silence – HBO (Documentary Series); Mundo S/A – Globo News (Journalistic Program – 7 seasons); Motoboys – directed by Caito Ortiz (Documentary Feature).
About Carlos Saldanha
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Saldanha is a two-time Oscar nominated director and producer, who started his own production companies, BottleCap Productions (U.S.) and Boipeba Filmes (Brazil), in 2012. He co-directed Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005), and directed the animated short film Gone Nutty (2004), which was nominated for an Oscar. Saldanha was also the director of 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 and got a sequel: Rio 2. More recently, Carlos directed the two-time Oscar nominated animated feature Ferdinand (2017).