Marco Martins

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

Marco Martins
Marco martins.jpg
A promotional photograph of Marco Martins
Born1972 (age 48–49)
Occupationfilm director
Years active1994–present

BiographyEdit

In 1994 Marco Martins graduated from Lisbon Theatre and Film School (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema), and soon afterwards undertook an apprenticeship with Wim Wenders, Manoel de Oliveira and Bertrand Tavernier.

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.

In 2005, his first feature film, Alice, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and received a number of international awards and made the long list for the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film prize.

A year later Marco Martins collaborates with screenwriter Tonino Guerra (a regular collaborator with Michelangelo Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky or Theo Angelopoulos) in the film A Longer Year premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Festival in competition.

In 2007, together with the actress Beatriz Batarda, he created the theater company Arena Ensemble. A creative platform where he develops a work with a strong experimental and social component. His works, for the stage, have been presented on the main national stages and in international festivals. In 2018, his show Provisional Figures, created with the Portuguese community of Great Yarmouth, debuted at the Norwich / Norfolk International Festival. His most recent creation Perfil Perdu debuted at the Istanbul International Festival.

In 2011 the director collaborated with the artist Filipa César in the short film Insert, part of the artist's exhibition at the Centro Cultural de Belém, which would win the prestigious BES PHOTO prize and debut at the Rotterdam International Festival.

In 2013, Marco Martins collaborates with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto in the creation of the film Twenty-One-Twelve- The Day The World Didn't End premiered at the Louvre Museum and at the Rome Festival.

In 2016 directed São Jorge presented at Venice Film Festival ( Golden Lion Best actor) and portuguese contender to the oscars.

FilmographyEdit

CinemaEdit

  • Saint George (São Jorge) (2016)
  • Twenty-One-Twelve: The Day the World Didn't End (2013)
  • Keep Going (2011)
  • Traces of a Diary (2009 / 2010) (documentário)
  • Insert (2010 / 2011) (curta-metragem)
  • How to Draw a Perfect Circle (Como Desenhar um Círculo Perfeito) (2009 / 2010)
  • A Longer Year (Um Ano Mais Longo) (2006 / 2007) (curta-metragem)
  • Alice (2005 / 2006)
  • On My Way to School (No Caminho para a Escola) (1998) (curta-metragem)
  • Clockwise (1996) (curta-metragem)
  • Não Basta Ser Cruel (1995) (curta-metragem)
  • New Year´s Dive (Mergulho no Ano Novo) (1992) (curta-metragem)

TVEdit

  • Sara (2018)

Awards and FestivalsEdit

Film Awards Festivals
Sara (2018) Television - Fiction Autores Awards, Portugal Winner
Best Series or TV Movie Portuguese Film Academy Sophia Awards Winner
Best Series Tropheus TV 7 Dias Nominee
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Saint George

(São Jorge) (2016)

Venice Horizons Award - Best Actor Venice Film Festival Winner
Venice Horizons Award - Best Film Nominee
Best Original Screenplay Portuguese Film Academy Sophia Awards Winner
Best Director
Best Film
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Art Direction
Best Supporting Actor
Best Actress Nominee
Best Original Music
Best Sound
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Make-Up
Best Editing
Portuguese Nomination Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

(Oscars)

Nominee
Best Screenplay Autores Awards, Portugal Winner
Best Film
Best Actor
Best Movie Golden Globes, Portugal Winner
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor Nominee
Portuguese Nomination Goya Awards Nominee
Sydney Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Best Director International Film Festival & Awards Macau Winner
Best Actor
Best Movie Nominee
Mostra de Cinema de São Paulo
Buenos Aires Film Festival
Dubai International Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Performance in a Leading Role Screen Actors GDA Foundation Winner
Prix Sauvage - Best Feature Film Festival of European Films in Paris Nominee
Prague Febiofest
Hong Kong European FF
International Film Festival of Panama
Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival
Krakow Off Camera
Film Festival Munich
Tbilissi Film Festival
Goa Film Festival
Copenhagen CPH PIX
Venice in Napoles Film Festival
20 Semaine du Cinema Lusophone
Don Quijote Award Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português Winner
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Top Ten of the Year (National Competition) CinEuphoria Awards Winner
Audience Award - Top Ten of the Year
Best Film (National Competition)
Best Actor
Best Screenplay (National Competition) Nominee
Best Director (National Competition)
Best Trailer (National Competition)
Best Poster (National Competition)
Best Special Effects (National Competition)
Best Make-Up (National Competition)
Best Art Direction (National Competition)
Best Original Music (National Competition)
Best Cinematography (National Competition)
Best Editing (National Competition)
Best Ensemble (National Competition)
Best Supporting Actress (National Competition)
Best Supporting Actor (National Competition)
Jury Award - Best Film Áquila Awards Nominee
Jury Award - Best Director
Jury Award - Best Actor
Jury Award - Best Supporting Actor
Twenty One Twelve:

The Day the World

Didn’t End (2013)

Official Competition Festival de Roma
Official Competition DocLisboa
Louvre Museum
Insert (2010 / 2011)

(co-directed

Filipa César)

International Film Festival Rotterdam
Best Director IndieLisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema Winner
Festival de Cinema Luso-Brasileiro
Femina – International Women’s Film Festival
Rencontres Audiovisuelles Lille International

Short Film Festival

Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival
EUNIC Stockholm Kulturhuset
BES Photo 2010 Award BES Photo 2010 Winner
Bienal de São Paulo
Keep Going (2011)

Documentary

DocLisboa
Traces of a Diary

(2009 / 2010)

Jury International Award - Honorable Mention Documenta Madrid Winner
Goteborg Film Festival
Experimental Film Competition Traverse City Film Festival
Bradford International Film Festival
5ª Mostra do Documentário Português

Panorama

Transilvania International Film Festival
National Competition IndieLisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema
Art International Competition Era New Horizons
Rio de Janeiro International Festival
Mountain Film Festival
Kaliningrad European Union Film Festival
32nd Noorderlijk Film Festival
Mostra Foto Cine Rio de Janeiro
How to Draw a

Perfect Circle

(Como Desenhar

um Círculo Perfeito)

(2009 / 2010)

Andorinha Trophy - Best Music CinePort – Portuguese Speaking

Countries’ Film Festival

Winner
Andorinha Trophy - Best Actress Nominee
Best Director (National Competition) CinEuphoria Awards Winner
Best Film Golden Globes, Portugal Nominee
Best Actor
IndieLisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema
Kaliningrad European Union Film Festival
Best Supporting Actress Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português Winner
Best Art Direction
Best Original Score
Best Film Nominee
European Union Film Festival
Special Jury Prize - Ensemble Acting Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival Winner
Shooting Star Award Estoril Film Festival Winner
Puchon International Film Festival
Muestra de Cine Português
A Longer Year

(Um Ano Mais Longo)

(2006 / 2007)

Official Competition Venice Film Festival
Lisbon Village Festival
Toulouse Latin American Film Festival
Alice (2005 / 2006) Prix Regards Jeune - Best Feature Film Cannes Film Festival Winner
C.I.C.A.E. Nominee
Golden Camera
Best Director Mar del Plata Film Festival Winner
FIPRESCI
ADF Cinematography Award
Best Film (International Competition) Nominee
European Discovery – Fassbinder Award European Film Awards Nominee
Best Director London Raindance Film Festival Winner
Best Actor Berlin International Film Festival

Shooting stars

European Union Film Festival, China
Kaliningrad European Union Film Festival
IFFI Goa
Top Films of the Decade (National Competition) CinEuphoria Awards Winner
Best Latin-American Film Ariel Awards, México Nominee
Best New Director Las Palmas Film Festival Winner
Best Foreign Film The Oscars Nominee
Best movie Golden Globes, Portugal Winner
Best Actor
Best Actress Nominee
Best Film Coimbra Caminhos do Cinema Português Winner
Best Director CinePort – Portuguese Speaking

Countries’ Film Festival

Winner
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Soundtrack
Best Cinematography Festival de Cinema Mediterrâneo Winner
Candidato Português Luís Buñuel Award
Febiofest
1000.000 Retinas
Jeonju International Film Festival
Best Director Festival de Cinema Luso Brasileiro Winner
Best Actor
Official Competition Lubliana Film Festival
Official Competition Taiwan Film Festival
Danish Film Institute
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Haifa International Film Festival
Official Competition Festival do Rio de Janeiro
Official Competition Provincetown Film Festival
Official Competition New York Tribeca Film Festival
BFI – London Psychology Film Festival
Havana Internacional Film Festival
MK2 Paris Festival

Mostra de Novo Cinema Português

On My Way to School

(No Caminho

para a Escola)

(1998)

Eixo Atlântico Award

Best Film

Ourense Independent Film Festival Winner
Best Film Iberia Film Festival Winner
Best Director
New Year’s Dive

(Mergulho no Ano

Novo) (1992)

Best Film (National Competition) Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival Winner
Tel-Aviv International Film Festival
Valencia Film
Festival Cinema Juve’95
Toulouse Film Festival

ReferencesEdit

  • Por Outro Lado, interview with Ana Sousa Dias, Marco Martins and Nuno Lopes for RTP.
  • Alice DVD Special Edition, Lusomundo, Portugal

External linksEdit