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Teresa Villaverde was born in Lisbon in 1966. Although she has no formal education in film studies, she worked early on as a screenwriter and assistant editor. At the age of 24, she wrote and directed her first feature film, A Idade Major (Alex). Her films have premiered at prominent film festivals such as Venice, Cannes and Berlin, and have gone on to be shown around the world, picking up many awards at festivals along the way. In 1994, Villaverde came to the Venice Film Festival in Competition with Três irmãos (Two Brothers, My Sister): for this film, Maria de Medeiros won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. In 1998, the director’s second feature-length film Os Mutantes (The Mutants) participated in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Villaverde returned to the Venice Film Festival in 2001, in the Cinema del Presente section, with Agua e sal (Water and Salt), starring Galatea Ranzi. Her most recent films are Transe (Trance, 2006), winner of the Special Jury Award at the European Film Festival in Lecce, and Cisne (Swan), which brought her back to Venice in 2011 in the Orizzonti section. In 2009, she set up her own production company and began producing her work herself. After living in various European cities, the director now resides in Lisbon.
1994 - Três irmãos (Two Brothers, My Sister) – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2001 – Água e sal (Water and Salt) – Cinema del presente (subject, screenplay, director)
2011 – Cisne (Swan) – Orizzonti (screenplay, director)
1994 - Três irmãos (Two Brothers, My Sister) – Coppa Volpi for Best Actress to Maria de Medeiros