Hugo Vieira da Silva

Hugo Vieira da Silva

Born in Oporto, Portugal. After studying law at the Catholic university in Oporto from 1992 to 1995, Hugo Vieira da Silva graduated from the Lisbon School of Theater and Cinema (ESTC). After receiving a grant from the Nipkow Grant fellowship programme 2003 he moved to Berlin.

His first feature film, “Body Rice” (2006) produced by Paulo Branco, won several intrenational awards, most notably: “Special Mention” of the Official competition in Locarno (2006), the “Best Director” award in Buenos Aires (Bafici 2007) and in Mexico City (Ficco 2007). Furthermore, the film was selected for several competitive international sections and distributed in Portugal and France.

“Swans” (2011) his second feature was selected for “l'Atelier” at the Cannes Film Festival (2009), Binger Filmlab (2008) and awarded at the Torino Filmlab Development (2008). Distributed in several countries by The Match Factory, “Swans” was selected for the Berlinale Official Selection 2011 (Forum) and several other international festivals.

He just finished his new feature film “Outpost of Progress” (2016)- a Portuguese mimicry of the Joseph Conrad story (1897) produced again by Paulo Branco and shot in Africa near the Congo River (Angola). Hugo Vieira da Silva currently lives and works between Vienna (Austria) and Lisbon.

2016 An Outpost of Progress (feature film)
2011 Swans (feature film)
2006 Body Rice (feature film)

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