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Born in Lisbon in 1966, he studied at the Theatre and Film School in Portugal. He began his career as an assistant director for important Portuguese directors such as Alberto Seixas Santos and Teresa Villaverde. In 1997 he made his debut as a director with the short film Parabéns (Happy Birthday), which participated in the Venice Film Festival, winning the Silver Lion in the Corto Cortissimo section. Parabéns tells the story of a young man who wakes up on the morning of his thirtieth birthday with a hangover: not only is he late for his date with his girlfriend, and for an important job interview, but he also discovers that there is a stranger in his bed, a young man he has spent the night with. After filming the documentary Viagem à expo (1998), he came to the Venice Film Festival with his debut feature-length film: O fantasma (Phantom), 2000, presented in Competition, tells the story of a street-cleaner living on the margins in Lisbon, dominated by an erotic love obsession. In 2005 he participated in the Cannes Film Festival, in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, with his third film Odete (Two Drifters). His most recent feature-length films are Morrer como um homem (To Die Like a Man, 2009), the story of a transsexual who wants to cancel the traces of his past as a man, and A ultima vez que vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao, 2012).
1997 – Parabéns (Happy Birthday!) – Corto Cortissimo (subject, screenwriter, cinematographer, director)
2000 – O fantasma (Phantom) – In Competition (screenwriter, director)
1997 – Parabéns – Silver Lion for Best Short Film