Miguel Gaudêncio

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Miguel Gaudêncio
Miguel Gaudencio.jpg
Portrait of Miguel Gaudencio
Born (1971-10-28) October 28, 1971 (age 46)
Mozambique
Occupation Director, producer, writer, editor

Miguel Gaudencio is a Portuguese film director and producer. He has been recruited by major international brands, such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola, to innovate their product commercials.

Career[edit]

Miguel Gaudencio directed more than 200 music videos in Portugal before reaching the age of 30. His sharp, snappy directorial style earned him many awards: Try Again won the SOL TV Music Video award for the best music video of the year in 2000.

By 2001, advertising agencies were lining up to utlilise Gaudencio's talent, and he began shooting[1] commercials for leading multi-national clients such as McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Mercedes. By 2003 Gaudencio was working across Europe. He has now directed commercials for agencies in countries including Poland, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Maroco and Tunisia.

In 2004 he directed his first short feature, The Hole,[2] a 30-minute film that was the standout work in a ten-part Christmas-story special aired on Portuguese television. He directed his second 30-minute feature, a taught psycho-sexual thriller, Same Room Same Time,[3] in 2006.

In 2008, Gaudencio directed his first full-length feature film, Second Life.[4] With an international all-star celebrity cast (Piotr Adamczyk, Liliana Santos, Claudia Vieira) the film had the biggest production budget in Portuguese cinema history, and an eight-week shoot on location in Portugal and Italy. The film received rave reviews[5] and was the most commercially successful Portuguese film in the first six months of 2009.[6]

In 2010, he directed the first ever Polish feature documentary, Desire for Beauty,[7] on the issues of beauty and self-perception. It follows the journeys of four people who turn to plastic surgery as the last resort in their search for perfection. Aside from the obvious dilemmas, Desire for Beauty addresses numerous hidden questions, and reveals things that neither the makers nor the heroes of the film really expected. The making of the film attracted a number of renowned members of the Polish social scene (Piotr Najsztub (pl), Zbigniew Lew-Starowicz, Maria Czubaszek (pl)) and found solid support in the professional opinions of the country's top experts in various fields – from psychology to the fashion industry. The film stars Agata Kulesza and was released in the spring of 2013. Desire for Beauty was released worldwide in 2014 through Filmhub (Formerly Kinonation), an industry leader in VOD distribution.

Down, But Not Out! and No Excuses both feature length documentaries (shot simultaneously during the summer of 2014) are a personal approach to the world of feminine sport. Down, But Not Out! follows four amateur women boxers as they step into the ring for the first time and No Excuses captures imagery in a Crossfit atmosphere set to a diversified selection of commentators on gender equality. Both films were expected to be available in selected cinemas and VOD outlets starting the spring of 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Films (features)[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Second Life[8] Director
2013 Desire for Beauty[9] Director, producer
The Cape[10] Director, editor
2015 Down, But Not Out![11] Director, producer, editor
2017 Tattoo Girls[12] Director, producer, editor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commercials". Miguel Gaudencio. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ ""The Hole" - directed by Miguel Gaudencio, produced by Alexandro Cebrian Valente". Miguel Gaudencio. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  3. ^ ""Same Room, Same Time" - directed by Miguel Gaudencio, produced by Alexandro Cebrian Valente". Miguel Gaudencio. Archived from the original on 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Second Life (2008)". Letterboxd. Archived from the original on 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  5. ^ Fernandes, Falco (2009-04-23). "SECOND LIFE de Alexandre Cebrian Valente e Miguel Gaudêncio" [SECOND LIFE by Alexandre Cebrian Valente and Miguel Gaudêncio]. fm-news (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  6. ^ "2009 Portugal Yearly Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  7. ^ Isbel, Ben (2015-08-07). "Film Review: Desire for Beauty (2013) – Film Blerg". Film Blerg. Archived from the original on 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  8. ^ Second Life
  9. ^ Desire for Beauty
  10. ^ The Cape
  11. ^ Down, But Not Out!
  12. ^ Tattoo Girls

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