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Maria de Medeiros

Maria de Medeiros


Maria de Medeiros is the most internationally renowned Portuguese actress, having acted in over 100 films, television films, and plays. She’s also a filmmaker, director, singer, and composer.

She’s filmed with directors from many different generations of Portuguese cinema, from João César Monteiro (who gave Maria her debut, at the age of 15, in Silvestre, 1981) and Manoel de Oliveira, to Teresa Villaverde, Joaquim Pinto, Joaquim Leitão and Sérgio Tréfaut. Overseas, she’s worked with names as varied as Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, 1994, Palm d’Or at Cannes Film Festival), Marjane Satrapi, Philip Kaufman, Isabel Coixet, Guy Maddin, Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Antonietta de Lillo, or István Szabó. Among the many awards she’s received is the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1994, for Três Irmãos / Two Brothers, My Sister, by Teresa Villaverde.

As a director, she’s divided her work between fiction and documentary, from which stands out her feature film Capitães de Abril / April Captains, which is about the Portugueses Carnation Revolution and was selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes film festival in 2000. That same year, the film was awarded by the international jury of the Mostra Internacional de Cinema / São Paulo International Film Festival.

As a singer, Maria de Medeiros has released 3 albums: A Little More Blue, Penínsulas & Continentes and Pássaros Eternos.

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