10/10/2018.- Apart from his participation in this year’s retrospective of Portugal’s cinema with fiction features Our Beloved Month of August (2008) and Tabu (2012), the Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes will preside over Seminci’s International Jury. Initially working as a film critic, Gomes successfully turned his hand to film direction and shaped a filmography (four feature films and eight shorts) where he combines documentary and fiction and where irony, humour and popular music always play a relevant part.
Born in Lisbon in 1972, Gomes received his training from the city’s Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. Between 1996 and 2000 he worked as a film critic. He has directed eight short films –including Karlitos (2002), 31 (2003), Cántico das criaturas (2006) and the documentary short Redemption (2013)– which were selected in festivals like Locarno, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires and Vienna.
His first feature-length film was the 2004 production The Face You Deserve. In 2008 he released Our Beloved Month of August at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight before the film screened in over 40 festivals and earned several awards. He has also directed the feature film Tabu (2012) and the three-part drama film Arabian Nights (2015).