João Salaviza was born in Lisbon, 1984. He graduated from the Film and Theater School (ESTC) and Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires. His second feature CHUVA É CANTORIA NA ALDEIA DOS MORTOS (co-directed with Renée Nader Messora) premiered at the Festival de Cannes and it was awarded with the Special Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard in 2018. The film was released in several countries, reaching 45.000 spectators in France.
His feature debut MOUNTAIN (2015) premiered at the Venice Film Festival – Critics Week. It came on the heels of the internationally award-winning short films RAFA (Golden Bear – Berlinale 2012) and ARENA (Palme d’Or Short Film – Festival de Cannes 2009).
The films of João Salaviza have been shown in the most prestigious international film festivals and in venues as Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia of Architecture, Malba Buenos Aires, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Barbican Centre, Tabakalera, Casa de America Madrid among others.
His most recent short films have world premiered at the Berlinale: HIGH CITIES OF BONE in 2017 and RUSSA (co-directed with Ricardo Alves Jr.) in 2018.
2018 – Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos (aka Le Chant de La Forêt), 114′
2018 – Russa, 20′
2017 – High Cities of Bones, 19′
2015 – Mountain, 91′
2012 – Rafa, 25′
2011 – Strokkur, 7′
2011 – Cerro Negro, 23′
2009 – Arena, 15′