João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora

DIRECTORS IN FOCUS

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JOÃO SALAVIZA
Lisbon, 1984. Graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy (ESTC) in Portugal and Universidad del Cine – Buenos Aires. His feature debut MOUNTAIN world premiered at the Venice Film Festival – Critics Week 2015. It came on the heels of a trilogy of short films: RAFA (Berlinale Golden Bear 2012), ARENA (Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes 2009) and CERRO NEGRO. In recent years he was back in the Berlinale with the short-films HIGH CITIES OF BONE and RUSSA. THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS, co-directed with Renée Nader , is his second feature. The film premiered at the Festival de Cannes - Un Certain Regard where it was awarded with the Special Jury Prize.

RENÉE NADER MESSORA
São Paulo, 1979. She is a graduate in Cinematography from the Universidad del Cine – Buenos Aires. For fifteen years she worked as an assistant director in Brazil, Argentina and Portugal. In 2009 Renée Nader Messora met the Krahô indigenous people. Since then, she is working with the community, participating in the mobilisation of a local collective of Krahô filmmakers. Their work is focused in the use of cinema as a tool for self-determination and the strengthening of cultural identity. THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS, co-directed with João Salaviza, is her debut as a director. The film premiered at the Festival de Cannes - Un Certain Regard where it was awarded with the Special Jury Prize.