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Marco Martins


[on filming 'Alice'] "Lisbon is often shown in the cinema as a big provincial city where everyone knows everyone else. I didn’t want to show re-runs of popular neighborhoods of Lisbon, but rather its more urban aspect, the enormous influx of people – those coming into the city daily, and those leaving it."



Marco Martins (born 1972 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese film director, best known for his 2005 filmAlice, which premiered at Cannes and won the Best Picture Award at the Directors’ Fortnight.

In 1994 Marco Martins graduated from Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, and soon afterwards undertook an apprenticeship with Wim Wenders, Manoel de Oliveira and Bertrand Tavernier. For two years following, he worked as assistant director to João Canijo, a fellow Portuguese director.

During this period, his short films Mergulho no Ano Novo and No Caminho Para a Escola received critical acclaim, the former winning Best Short Film Award at the International Short Films Festival of Vila do Conde, and the latter taking Best Short Film and Best Director Awards at the VII Festival Ibérico de Cinema de Badajoz as well as the Eixo Atlântico Award at the Festival de Ourense

He began shooting advertisements in the late 90’s and in 2002 started his own production… read more


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