Click on the green. This
was the image that drew me to see Abraham Valley which in turn led me to Portugal
Since first i saw Leonor Silveira in the film, in which she graced the screen (as a Madame Bovary figure) with a surpassing mystery and elegance, i’ve been very taken with the Portuguese actress, who is something of a muse for the centenarian director Manoel de Oliveira; a surprising number, indeed most, of her roles have been for him. I think she deserves her own list, wider renown and discovery.
Born in Lisbon, October 28, 1970, Leonor was a graduate in International Relations at University in Lisbon before becoming an actress. She has been adviser in the Ministry of Culture, when it was directed by Manuel Maria Carrilho (1997 – 2000), also vice-president of ICAM – Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia (since 2007). She has been on the jury of several film festivals, including the International Film Festival of Marrakech (2003), the International Film Festival of São Paulo in Brazil (2000), the International Festival of Short Films in Vila do Conde (1997) and the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury at Cannes in 2009. She was awarded the Commendation of the Order of Merit by the President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio (1997), and honored for Artistic Merit by the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Alberto João Jardim (1995). Apart from Oliveira, Leonor has also worked with other Portuguese directors: João Botelho, Joaquim Pinto, Luís Galvão Teles and Vicente Jorge Silva. Her cousin Beatriz Batarda is also an actress.
She loves shells, mountains and the sea, most admires Nelson Mandela, among actors Anthony Hopkins (especially in Remains of the Day), Kristin Scott Thomas, and a favourite film is In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-Wai. Any other info on her is most welcome