Tata Amaral, born in São Paulo, Brazil, 47 years old, is one of the most talented and award-winning filmmakers in the recent history of Brazilian cinematography. Her feature-length films have won nearly 50 awards at national and international film festivals. Tata is also known for her idiomatic and vehicle experimentation due to the various video-installations and short films. Her first feature film, Um Céu de Estrelas (1997), was considered by critics to be a mark in Brazilian cinematography, and elected one of the three most important national productions this last decade, besides being awarded 18 prizes in Brazil, United States, Italy, Cuba and France (including Best Film at the Boston and Trieste Film Festivals).
She has both directed and produced her most recent films.
Her most recent feature film, Antônia, served as inspiration for the homonymous TV series exhibited by Globo TV in 2006 with record-winning audiences for the time slot and indicated for the EMMY AWARD in 2007. Antonia was released in U.S by Anywhere Road and Red Envelope with very favorable reviews (99% in Rotten Tomatoes).
In 2007, she released her book Hollywood: after the empty lot, with stories and statements gathered during her research for the movie Antônia.