Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

The Last Time I Saw Macao (A Última Vez Que Vi Macau)

  • João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata /
  • Portugal, France /
  • 2012 /
  • 85 mins

Cindy Scrash, João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues

East and West collide in this moody, experimental film noir.

João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata

João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. He began by studying Biology at Lisbon University but he gave up his studies in ornithology for cinema and graduated from the Lisbon Film School. Following shorts and documentaries, his first feature O Fantasma (2000) premiered in Official Competition at the 57th Mostra di Venezia, while his second feature, Odete (2005), premiered at the 37th Directors' Fortnight in Cannes where it won the Special Mention “Cinémas de Recherche”. Other work includes the short China, China (2007), the features To Die Like a Man / Morrer Como Um Homem (2009) and the documentary Red Dawn / Alvorada Vermelha (2011), co-directed with João Rui Guerra da Mata. He is preparing a new feature, The Ornithologist / O Ornitólogo. João Rui Guerra da Mata was born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique. He started working in cinema in 1995 and taught Art Direction / Production Design at the Lisbon Film School (ESTC) from 2004 to 2011. He worked as assistant director in two documentaries directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, This is My Home / Esta É A Minha Casa (1997) and Journey to the Expo / Viagem À Expo (1999), a collaboration that later evolved to co-direction. In 2012 he directed As the Flames Rose / O Que Arde Cura, his debut solo film, which premiered at IndieLisboa last April.

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