Marcelo Gomes was born 1962, in Recife in the North-West of Brazil, where he still lives today. After studying journalism he travelled to Great Britain, where he studied Film at Bristol University with a grant provided by the British Council. Gomes' first filmic works were videos, for which he received numerous prizes at international festivals. He was also awarded prizes in the categories of Screenplay and Direction for the short films "Maracatu, Maracatus" (1995) and "Clandestina Felicidade" (1998).
Gomes has been involved in intense collaboration with the Brazilian director Karïm Ainouz for several years now. Together with Ainouz, who was a fellowship-holder of the Berlin Artists' Programme in 2004, Gomes wrote the screenplay for "Madame Satã", the portrait of the legendary singer from Rio de Janeiro, Joao Francisco dos Santos. "Madame Satã" was premiered in the series Un Certain Regard at the International Film Festival in Cannes in 2002 and was a great success at cinemas worldwide. The film received several prizes at festivals including Chicago, Biarritz, Huelva and São Paulo.
In 2005, Marcelo Gomes was represented in the series Un Certain Regard at Cannes with his first feature film of his own: the filmmaker's debut film at the Croisette was "Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus" (2005), a road movie about travel through the North-East of Brazil and simultaneously the story of a friendship between a German deserter and a Brazilian in the year 1945. Subsequently the film (which received production support from the highly-regarded Hubert Bals Fund) won the "Prix de l'Education Nationale". "Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus" was shown at over 60 film festivals and received 23 international awards.
O Brasil em Curtas 06 - Curtas Pernambucanos (1999; video)
Clandestina Felicidade (1999; short)
Os Brasileiros (2000; TV film)
Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005)
I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You (2009)
Once Upon a Time Was I, Verônica (2012)
The Man of the Crowd (2013)