Brazilian director, screenwriter and cinematographer Gabriel Martins has signed with CAA for representation.
Martins’ working-class family drama Mars One (Marta Um) was selected as Brazil’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the next Academy Awards, and is the first film directed by a black Brazilian director to represent the South American country.
Mars Onewhich won an award at the Sundance Film Festival, portrays a family on the fringes of Belo Horizonte as they quietly reinvent themselves as they come to terms with life under extremist President Jair Bolsonaro in late 2018.
The Portuguese-language film, which also marked Martins’ solo directorial debut, stars Cicero Lucas, Carlos Francisco and Camilla Damiao. Martins’ first feature film, In the heart of the world, which debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival, was written and directed in collaboration with Maurilio Martins.
The duo also directed the short film, The insidein 2010. Martins’ additional credits include the 2017 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry nadaand Dona Sonia Pediu Uma Arma Para Seu Vizinho Alcides.
In 2009, Martins launched the production banner Filmes de Plástico with André Novais Oliveira and Maurílio Martins, which has become a major force in indie Brazilian cinema. He graduated in filmmaking from the Centro Universitário UNA in Belo Horizonte.