Bruno de Almeida
|Bruno De Almeida|
|Born||Bruno de Almeida
March 11, 1965
|Years active||early 1980s-present|
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.
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.
|Year||English title||Original title|
|1991||Amália Rodrigues, Live in NYC|
|1992||The King in Exile|
|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|
|2008||Camané, As gravações de sempre de mim|
|2009||Bobby Cassidy: Counterpuncher|
- "Bruno de Almeida official website homepage". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Bruno de Almeida at the Internet Movie Database
- Bruno de Almeida official site
- Almeida's channel on YouTube
- Raskin, Richard (24 June 1999). "On the Run: An interview with Bruno de Almeida". P:O.V. No.9. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Hall, Phil (15 May 2000). "De Almeida And His Amazing Doc". Film Threat. Retrieved 1 April 2014.