Sérgio Machado began working in cinema in 1993, when he directed the award-winning short film “Changing Heads”. He made several documentaries and in 1996 began working with director Walter Salles. He was assistant director and did the casting for “Central Station” (nominated for the Oscar, and won the Golden Globe and Golden Bear in Berlin) and “Midnight”, as well as assistant director and script writer for “Behind the Sun” (released in Venice and Nominated for the Golden Globe).
He was also co-writer for “Madame Satã”, by Karim Aïnouz, scriptwriter and director of the miniseries: “Shepherds of the Night”, by TV Globo, and “Alice” by HBO.
Sérgio was the director of the medium-length film “Now is Gray”. In 2001 he directed “At the Edge of the Earth”, a documentary on the life and work of filmmaker Mário Peixoto that received 15 awards at festivals in Brazil and abroad. His first feature film “Lower City” was released in 2004 at Cannes Film Festival and won the Youth Prize.
In 2009 Sérgio directed “The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell”, inspired by the novel from Jorge Amado, and the short “Prince Charming”. In 2016, Sérgio Machado wrote and directed “The Violin Teacher” That was released 25 countries and Awarded as the best Film in São Paulo international Film Festival. Now he is working in an animated version of Noah’s Ark and in an adaptation of the book “Cidade Ilhada”, from brazilian writer Milton Hatoum.