She’s nineteen, her name is Rita. She works at the perfume shop at the mall. Today, she’s getting married. She goes to the hairdresser. Earthquake. She suddenly decides to cut her hair short. Paulo, her fiancé, is waiting at the town hall. –Rosa Filmes
Joaquim was born in 1964 at Sabugal, a small village in the north of Portugal. When he was sixteen he moved to Lisbon to live alone. He spent his time at the cinematheque and graduated at the Portuguese National Film School.
As he wanted to make films, Joaquim established Rosa Filmes, an independent film company. His first film, Corte de Cabelo (Haircut), was the portrait of the wedding day of a girl and a boy from the first generation of portuguese living integrated in the European Union. It was presented at the official competition of the 48th Locarno Film Festival in 1995, and would win four international awards in the festival circuit. The film had a commercial release in Portugal and France, and was received both by the audience and the critics as a breakthrough, being today considered the work which captured the portuguese youth of the nineties.
By that time, Joaquim opened the way for his friends to make their first features in Rosa Filmes, like João Pedro Rodrigues… read more