HL Filmes is a film and television production company based in Palmas and São Paulo, with its production focused on films and TV series that portray the development of Brazil’s cultural, geographical and economic diversity, as well as its favoring and inclusion of Brazilian culture in the context of global issues.
With four documentary feature films produced, HL Filmes is preparing to produce its first fiction feature, “Before the Dream Ends”, in partnership with distributor O2 Play, directed by Lírio Ferreira (“Baile Perfumado”).
His most recent film, the environmental documentary “Age of Water” (2018), by Orlando Senna, has already accumulated great participation in film festivals in Brazil and in several countries, such as Spain, Argentina, Chile and Cuba.
He recently starred in the series “Amazon Fashion”, by Nival Correa (11×30, FashionTV), about sustainable fashion in the Amazon. In 2020, she will launch the series “In the Force of Law”, by Hermes Leal (13×26, CineBrasilTV), about changes in Brazilian laws with the change of government, and also the documentary feature “Bahia Sun”, from Orlando Senna (CineBrasilTV), on a different view of Brazil’s independence.
Acting since 2009, HL Filmes has already launched four documentary series directed by Hermes Leal, as “Filmmakers” (10×45, Prime Box Brazil/2017, Canal Curta!/2019-2020 and A&E/2020), the historical series “Araguaia War” (3×52, CineBrasilTV/2017), the philosophical series “Contemporary Thought” (7×26, CineBrasilTV/2017, and Curta!/2018), and the cinema series, “Cinema in Trance” (10×26, Prime Box Brazil/2019 and A&E/2020).
Produced two films by Hermes Leal, the feature film “Soldiers on the Way to the Whorehouse – Memories of an Almost Imaginary War”(2011), which participated in several festivals and was shown in VOD, and the medium-length film“Dona Militana – The Romanceira of Oiteiros”, winner of awards at film festivals and acquired by Canal Brasil.
Producing what is content to Brazil
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IN PRODUCTION
Before the Dream Ends
A coming-of-age action-adventure drama that tells the story of Daniel, a sensitive boy raised in the Amazon Rainforest, along with anaconda snakelets, with a wild soul and pure feelings, who desperately tries to escape from a life of quasi-slavery.
Erotic Tales from the Sertão
A fictional series, in 6 episodes, adapted from Conceição Sennaís tales, about six women from the sertão region in the mid-twentieth century, unified by Northeastern culture.
The story of a surfer hiring a professional hitman to take out his brother and rival; a hitman who hires a vigilante to do his job; a beautiful, helpless young woman who seduces the vigilante to eliminate hired by the hitman.
Hermes Leal is a journalist, writer and experienced TV and film director. He worked on open channels as a program director in the 1990s, on Rede Manchete, Rede TV, SBT and Record. He holds a degree in Journalism (UFG), a Masters in Cinema (ECA / USP) and a Doctor of Letters and Linguistics, in the area of French Semiotics (FFLCH / USP).
Screenwriter and director of important TV series, such as “Contemporary Thought” (Curta! and CineBrasilTV channels), with eight episodes covering themes from Café Filosófico, from TV Cultura, with the greatest thinkers from Brazil and the world. His series “Filmmakers” premiered in 2017 on the Prime Box Brazil channel, shown in 2020 by Curta! and A&E channels, and available in streaming (Vivo Play).
It recently debuted the series “Amazon Fashion”, for the Fashion TV channel that addresses fashion based on sustainable products from the Amazon. Soon, new productions will debut, such as the series “In the Force of Law”, which shows the transformation of the country through 13 laws that changed our history. And, as a producer, the documentary “Age of Water”, by Orlando Senna (“Iracema, an Amazon Transa”), which participated in more than 20 festivals in Brazil and abroad, and addresses the water crisis in the Amazon.
Writer with seven published books, including the biography “The Riddle of Colonel Fawcett”, with more than 100 thousand books sold, and the novel “Before the Dream Ends” (Geração Editorial, 2016), which will be filmed under the direction of the award-winning filmmaker Lírio Ferreira and distribution of O2 Play, and the publication of the doctorate, “The Passions in the Narrative” (2017), by Editora Perspectiva.
In 2020, he published the book “The Passions in the Characters”, which is also in video format (http://screenwriteronlin.com) and translated into English, French and Spanish.
Livros de Hermes Leal
The Passions in the Characters
Screenwriter Online, 2020
Formulas, schemes and theoretical models that enable authors to master the structures of the "action" and "emotion" of the characters, in a theory supported by linguistics, logic and philosophy.
The Passions in the Narrative
Editora Perspectiva, 2017
A manual with an unprecedented theory for screenwriting and character development
Before the Dream Ends
Geração Editorial, 2014
A novel based on a real story, at the end of the 1960s, in the middle of the Amazon sertão region, in a small town disconnected from the world, on the banks of the Tocantins River, about the sad episode of the hunt for communists and the story of a dreamy teenager.
The Mountain Man
Editora Imesp – Coleção Aplauso, 2008
The biography of filmmaker Orlando Senna, former Secretary of the Audiovisual Department of Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, author of films such as Iracema, uma Transa Amazônica and one of the founders of the Cuban film school.
The Riddle of Colonel Fawcett, a Verdadeira História do Indiana Jones
Ediouro and Geração Editorial, 1996 – 4th edition, 2008
The first biography of the British colonel who disappeared in the Brazilian forests while searching for a lost city.
Geração Editorial, 1998 – 2nd edition, 2007
A sort of 21st-century Romeo and Juliet. A book that is undoubtedly controversial, being however adopted and openly discussed in modern schools.
Quilombo, an Adventure in the Vão das Almas
Editora Mercuryo, 1995
The story of an adventure in the sertão wilderness, in the heart of Brazil.
A filmmaker and writer, Orlando Senna has directed fictional films (“Iracema – Uma Transa Amazônica, Diamante Bruto, and Gitirana) e documentaries, written screenplays (Ópera do Malandro and Coronel Delmiro Gouveia) and novels (Um Gosto de Eternidade and Os Lençóis e os Sonhos). He was general director of the International School of Film and TV of Cuba and TV Brasil, managing director of TAL-Televisão América Latina and National Secretary of the Audiovisual Department. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinomericano.
He works as director of documentaries at 2F Fact-Finding Films, journalist at CNN Brasil, reporter for the Exam Home app, columnist and blog author at Estadão, and international affairs commentator for CBN Radio. He was a special reporter for the newspaper O Estado de São Paulo, between 1998 and 2000 and between 2001 and 2015. During this period, he covered 60 countries, including all of South America, except Guyana and French Guiana, North and Central America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.