Paulo Morelli is a Brazilian movie director, producer, and writer.
Morelli first became interested in filmmaking at the age of 12, when his father gave him a
8mm camera. While studying architecture at college, he and a group of friends started producing experimental videos.
Morelli founded the production company O2 Filmes in the early 1990s with longtime friends and collaborators Andrea Barata Ribeiro and Fernando Meirelles.
The Price of Peace, his first feature film, was a 19th century period drama.
In 2003, Morelli wrote and directed his second film Viva Voz, a urban comedy dealing with a cheating husband and thief who accidentally dials his wife’s cell phone number while on a date with his mistress, revealing an alternate life of infidelity and evil plots.
After Meirelles’ critically acclaimed film City of God became a huge international hit in 2002, Morrelli started working on City of Men, a television series loosely based of the movie’s themes.
Morrelli’s directed City of Men the film, which uses the same cast and primarily focuses on the characters and storylines developed in the original Brazilian television series. City of Men follows the friendship of two young men living in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro, and is meant to be a companion piece to City of God, though the two films share no direct plot connections.