João Pedro Rodrigues

João Pedro Rodrigues

João Pedro Rodrigues is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. He began by studying Biology at Lisbon University to become an ornithologist but soon gave it up for Cinema studies and graduated from the Lisbon Film School in 1992. Along with a number of short films, he has written and directed five feature films, including his first, O FANTASMA, which premiered in Official Competition at Venice Film Festival, causing a national ruckus in Italy in 2000, when the Vatican official newspaper asked for the festival director’s dismissal for having selected the film, and his most recent, THE ORNITHOLOGIST, which won the Silver Leopard for Best Director at Locarno Film Festival in 2016,

His work explores gender and human desire in all its guises – and disguises – reflecting the multifarious history of film, from classical genre to documentary and experimental film.

He has also co-directed several shorts and the feature THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO, in 2012, with his lifelong partner and artistic collaborator, João Rui Guerra da Mata, the short IEC LONG (2014) being their most recent joint effort in a body of work they like to call their “Asian films”.

His films premiered and won prizes at the world’s foremost film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Toronto and Berlin and are part of several film archive’s and museum’s permanent collections, namely the Portuguese Cinematheque, MoMA, Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, USA and the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna.

All his films were released on DVD in France in 2014 – Box Set L’Intégrale João Pedro Rodrigues (Epicentre Films) and all his short films were released in Portugal in 2016 – DVD João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata, As Curtas-Metragens (FNAC/Curtas Vila do Conde).

He was the first Portuguese to receive a RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE – HARVARD UNIVERSITY Fellowship, in 2014/2015.

In 2016, he was honored, together with Guerra da Mata, with a complete retrospective and installation exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, part of the Festival d’Automne. Comissioned for the event, he directed WHERE DO YOU STAND NOW, JOÃO PEDRO RODRIGUES?, an autobiographical short and his most recent film to date. The book João Pedro Rodrigues, Le jardin des fauves, conversations avec Antoine Barraud, Post Éditions and Centre Pompidou, was published concurrently.

In 2017, he lived in Berlin with Guerra da Mata as a DAAD Fellow, researching for their new Asian feature: SAN MA LO 270, MACAU, project that won one of the Crouching Tigers Project Lab Awards at the 1st International Film Festival & Awards – Macao in December 2016.


2016 – Où en êtes-vous, João Pedro Rodrigues ?

2016 – O Ornitólogo

2014  – Iec Long (co-realizado com João Rui Guerra da Mata)

2013 – O Corpo de Afonso

2013  – Mahjong (co-realizado com João Rui Guerra da Mata)

2013 – Allegoria della Prudenza

2012 – A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (co-realizado com João Rui Guerra da Mata)

2012 – Manhã de Santo António

2011 – Alvorada Vermelha (co-realizado com João Rui Guerra da Mata)

2009 – Morrer Como Um Homem

2009 – Spot Queer Lisboa 13

2008 – Camouflage Self-Portrait

2007 – China, China (co-realizado com João Rui Guerra da Mata)

2007 – Odete

2000 – O Fantasma

1997/99 – Esta é a Minha Casa  e  Viagem à Expo

1997 – Parabéns!

1988 – O Pastor (filme final de escola)

Amarante Abramovici

André Godinho

André Príncipe

André Santos

André Valentim Almeida

António Borges Correia

Aya Koretzky

Bruno de Almeida

Carlos Braga

Catarina Alves Costa

Catarina Mourão

Catarina Vasconcelos

César Pedro

Cláudia Alves

Cláudia Clemente

Cláudia Varejão

Daniel Veloso

David Bonneville

David Pinheiro Vicente

Diana Andringa

Diogo Baldaia

Diogo Costa Amarante

Dulce Fernandes

Edgar Feldman

Eva Ângelo

Fátima Ribeiro

Fernando Matos Silva

Fernando Vendrell

Filipa César

Filipa Reis

Filipe Araújo

Filipe Nunes Branco

Francisco Carvalho

Frederico Serra

Gabriel Abrantes

Giuliane Maciel

Hiroatsu Suzuki

Ico Costa

Inês de Medeiros

Inês Oliveira

Isabel Aboim Inglez

Ivo M. Ferreira

Jeanne Waltz

Joana Pimenta

João Botelho

João Canijo

João Mário Grilo

João Matos Silva

João Miller Guerra

João Nicolau

João Pedro Rodrigues

João Pinto Nogueira

João Rosas

João Rui Guerra da Mata

João Salaviza

João Trabulo

João Viana

Joaquim Pavão

Joaquim Pinto

Jorge António

Jorge Cramez

Jorge Silva Melo

José Filipe Costa

José Magro

José Maria Vaz da Silva

José Nascimento

José Vieira

Júlio Alves

Laura Carreira

Leonor Areal

Leonor Noivo

Leonor Teles

Luciana Fina

Luís Alves de Matos

Luísa Homem

Madalena Miranda

Manuel Mozos

Marco Leão

Marco Martins

Margarida Cardoso

Margarida Gil

Margarida Leitão

Margarida Rêgo

Mariana Gaivão

Marina Estela Graça

Maureen Fazendeiro

Miguel Clara Vasconcelos

Miguel de Jesus

Miguel Gomes

Miguel Moraes Cabral

Mónica Lima

Monique Rutler

Nathalie Mansoux

Nuno Amorim

Paolo Marinou-Blanco

Paulo Abreu

Paulo Carneiro

Paulo Filipe Monteiro

Paulo Guilherme

Pedro Augusto Almeida

Pedro Cabeleira

Pedro Caldas

Pedro Chaves

Pedro Filipe Marques

Pedro Peralta

Pedro Pinho

Pedro Sena Nunes

Pierre-Marie Goulet

Raquel Freire

Regina Guimarães

Renata Sancho

Ricardo Costa

Rita Azevedo Gomes

Rita Barbosa

Rosa Coutinho Cabral

Rossana Torres


Salomé Lamas

Sandro Aguilar

Sergio Da Costa

Sérgio Tréfaut

Sofia Bost

Solveig Nordlund

Susana Nobre

Susana Sousa Dias

Takashi Sugimoto

Telmo Churro

Teresa Garcia Fernandes

Teresa Prata

Teresa Villaverde

Tiago Guedes

Tiago Hespanha

Vasco Alexandre