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Catarina Mourão:

Studied Music, Law and Film (MA Bristol University). Founder of AporDOC, Portuguese Documentary, teaches Film and Documentary since 2000. Together with Catarina Alves Costa starts Laranja Azul, a independent production company for creative documentary. Teaches film since 2000 in many different BA and MA courses. Until last year has been teaching at the first BA course in Documentary Filmmaking in Portugal at Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Escola Superior de Tecnologias de Abrantes. Currently is doing a practice based PhD at the University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Arts. She directed the following films: Fora de Água (1997), A Dama de Chandor (1998) (The lady of Chandor), Próxima Paragem (“Next Stop”) (2001), Restless (2002), Malmequer, bem-me quer (“Love me, love me not”) (2003), A minha Aldeia já não mora aqui (“My village doesn’t live here anymore”) (2006), À Flor da Pele (“On Edge”) (2006), Pelas Sombras (“Through Shadows”), (2010).  

Fernando Guerreiro: 

Teaches Cinema in the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. His main research interests are cinema, literature, poetry, problems of representation and culture. He also published papers on Fernando Pessoa, Oprheu and cinema. He has several books published, including  Negativos (1988), Art Campbell (1994), Monstros Felizes – La Fontaine, Diderot, Sade , Marat (2000), O Caminho da montanha (2001), O canto de Mársias -por uma poética do sacrifício (2001), Italian Shoes (2005).

João Botelho:

Is a Portuguese film director. His films have won several awards and he was awarded the prestigious Ordem do Infante D. Henrique. He his known for films like Tempos Difíceis (Hard Times, 1987), Aqui na Terra (Here on Earth, 1993), Tráfico (Traffic, 1998), O Fatalista (The Fatalist, 2005), A Corte do Norte (The Northern Land, 2009) and Filme do Desassossego (Disquiet, 2010) based upon Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet.

João Mário Grilo:

Was born in 1958 and is a full professor at New University of Lisbon where he teaches Cinema, Cinematographic Production and Audiovisual Creation. He published several books: A Ordem no Cinema (1994), As Lições do Cinema – manual de Filmologia (2006), O Cinema da Não-Ilusão: histórias para o cinema português (2006), O Homem Imaginado: cinema, acção, pensamento (2006), O Livro das Imagens (2007). He directed several films: Maria. (1978), A Estrangeira (1982), O Processo do Rei (1989),  O Fim do Mundo (1993), Os Olhos da Ásia (1996), Longe da Vista (1998), 451 Forte (2001), A Falha (2003), A Condição Humana 1 – Duas Mulheres (2010), Não Esquecerás (c.m. em pré-produção), A Condição Humana 2 – Império (em projecto) and documentaries: Saramago: documentos (1993), Prova de Contacto: sobre a obra de José Guimarães (2004), O Tapete Voador (2007), A Vossa Casa – sobre a obra de Raul Lino (2012). He represented Portugal in several films festivals (Cannes, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, etc).

 

 

João Tordo:

Was born in Lisbon in 1975. He studied Journalism and Creative Writing in London and New York. In 2009 he won the Saramago Literary Award with the novel As Três Vidas (2008). He was a finalist for the following literary prizes: Best Fiction Book awarded by the Portuguese Society of Authors, Fernando Namora prize and Portugal Telecom prize. He has four more novels, O Livro dos Homens sem Luz (2004), Hotel Memória (2007), O Bom Inverno (2011) and Anatomia dos Mártires (2012). He works as a translator, chronicler, script writer and teaches creative writing. His books are published in six countries, including France, Italy and Brasil. Recently, he was shortlisted for the European Book Prize with the book Le Bon Hiver (Publisher: Actes Sud).

(Picture: Nuno Portela)

Lídia Jorge:

Is a very well-known portuguese writer from the Post-Revolution Generation.  Her first book O Dia dos Prodígios (1980) is considered one of the most important books in the new phase of Portuguese Literature. She has published short-stories, novels, theatre and essays. Her books have been translated into several languages and she received national prizes as well as international prizes, including the Albatross Prize by the Günter Grass Foundation. In 2009 she published Contrato Sentimental, a book of essays on Portugal and Modernity and, recently, in 2011, the novel A Noite das Mulheres Cantoras (2011). Her novel, A Costa dos Múrmurios (1988) gave her international recognition and was adapted to cinema by Margarida Cardoso.

Susana Sousa Dias: 

Is a filmmaker and a university teacher .  She is a PhD researcher in Aesthetics and Art Sciences and Technologies (University of Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle and University of Lisbon) and is presently working in the field of the relationships between Cinema and Contemporary Art. She has been guest participant in several events related with cinema and contemporary art (international congresses, seminars, exhibitions, etc). In 2001, she founded the production company, Kintop. Her film Natureza Morta [Still Life] (72′, 2005; Atalanta Films Award, Doclisboa 2005 e Merit Prize, Taiwan IDF 2006,) has been shown in festivals and screenings in five continents. 48 (93′, 2009), her last film was awarded with the Grand Prix at Cinéma du Réel 2010 and the FIPRESCI award DokLeipzig (among others). Stilleben (installation on three screens – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon) is her most recent work.

Rosa Maria Martelo:

Is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Letters, Oporto University where she also obtained her PhD on Portuguese literature. She is also a researcher at Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa. Her main research interests are Portuguese Modern and Contemporary Literature,  Poetry (19th, 20th and 21st century) and Comparative Literature. In her more recent works she has been investigating the relationship between poetry and cinema. Together with Paulo de Medeiros (Utrecht). She published several articles and books, including, Em Parte Incerta. Estudos de Poesia Contemporânea (Campo das Letras, 2004); A Forma Informe – Leituras de Poesia (Assírio & Alvim, 2010) and co-published with Joana Matos Frias e Miguel Queirós, Poemas com Cinema (Assírio & Alvim, 2010). She is also a poet and published the book A Porta de Duchamp (Averno, 2009).

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