Bruno de Almeida

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Bruno De Almeida
Born Bruno de Almeida
(1965-03-11) March 11, 1965 (age 49)
Paris, France
Years active early 1980s-present

Bruno de Almeida (11 March 1965) is a New York/Lisbon-based filmmaker.


Almeida was born in Paris, France of Portuguese origins. He has lived between New York City and Lisbon since 1985.


In 1993, his first film, The Debt, won the award for best short at the Cannes Film Festival Critic's Week and had a long run playing in 85 film festivals and won eight awards. It was subsequently released theatrically ahead of features, and broadcast in several countries.

Almeida's feature debut On the Run starring Michael Imperioli, John Ventimiglia (both of The Sopranos) won the award for best film at the 1999 Ourense Film Festival in Spain. On the Run was nominated for a Critic's award at the Paris Film Festival and for an Open Palm at the Gotham Awards in New York in 2000. It was released theatrically and broadcast in Europe and in the US. It had its cable debut on The Independent Film Channel in 2001, and was released on DVD in 2002, becoming a cult classic.

His second feature was The Art of Amália, a documentary about the legendary singer Amália Rodrigues. It was released theatrically, and had a long run across the US, in 2000. The film was broadcast in the US and Europe and was released on DVD in July 2004 by EMI. It went double platinum as the top-selling DVD in Portugal for four consecutive weeks.

His third feature, O Candidato Vieira, was a documentary about the satirical Portuguese rock star Manuel João Vieira, who ran for presidential candidate in 2001, was released in the summer of 2005 on a double DVD along with a concert video of his band Ena Pá 2000 (pt).

Almeida has also directed other projects that include documentaries, commercials, and music videos. From 1999 to 2004, he directed several projects for the Independent Film Channel. In 2005, Almeida created a film for Live/Evil - Evil/Live, a dance piece by choreographer Francisco Camacho which premiered at the International Dance Festival in Algarve and was shown at Lisbon's Culturgest.

In 2005, he completed his fourth feature, The Collection, a compilation of 24 short stories that were developed and created with a group of New York actors and writers over a four-year period. It was released on DVD in April 2006.

In 2007, Almeida's fifth feature The Lovebirds, starring Michael Imperioli, Drena De Niro, John Ventimiglia, Joaquim de Almeida, and Ana Padrão, won the Jury Prize at Fantastporto Film Festival director's week and at the Best director and screenplay awards of the Ourense International Film Festival. It had a successful theatrical run and DVD release in Portugal and played in film festivals worldwide.

His film 6=0 Homeostética, a feature documentary about the art group Homeostetica, won a special mention award at the DocLisboa Festival in 2008. It was released in theaters and on DVD.

Almeida's Bobby Cassidy: Counterpuncher, a feature documentary on the former professional boxer from Levittown, New York was released in 2009. And in 2012, his film Operação Outono, a political thriller about the 1965 killing of General Humberto Delgado by the Portuguese fascist police, was released.

Almeida is currently in post production on Fado Camané, a feature-length documentary about fado singer Camané. It is due for theatrical release in the fall of 2014.[1]


Year English title Original title
1990 Anti Glamour
1991 Amália Rodrigues, Live in NYC
1992 The King in Exile
1993 The Debt
1995 Amália - Uma Estranha Forma de Vida
1998 On the Run
1999 The Art of Amália
2003 Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico
2004 Ena Pá 200, 20 anos a pedalar na bosta
2004 O Candidato Vieira
2005 Live/Evil - Evil/Live
2005 The Collection
2007 The Lovebirds
2008 Camané, As gravações de sempre de mim
2008 6=0 Homeostética
2009 Bobby Cassidy: Counterpuncher
2012 Operação Outono
2014 Fado Camané


  1. ^ "Bruno de Almeida official website homepage". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

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