João Botelho is a renowned Portuguese film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He was born on October 11, 1949 in Ovar, Portugal. Botelho is best known for his work in the Portuguese cinema of the 1980s and 1990s, which ranged from horror and fantasy films to political dramas.
Botelho studied drama and cinema at Lisbon University, where he graduated in 1977. He then went on to direct his first film, O Sangue (The Blood), in 1979. The movie was a success and won several awards, including the Grand Prize at the International Film Festival of São Paulo. This success led to Botelho making several more films, such as A Noite (The Night) and O Acto da Primavera (The Act of Spring).
During the 1980s, Botelho made a trilogy of films about the Portuguese Revolution of 1974. These films, including A Noite (The Night) and O Acto da Primavera (The Act of Spring), were highly acclaimed and won several awards. Botelho also made several documentaries, such as Amor de Perdição (Love of Perdition), which explored the life of Portugal's national poet, Camões.
In the early 1990s, Botelho began to explore the horror genre with his films, O Orfanato do Dr. Pereira (The Orphanage of Dr. Pereira), O Gebo e a Sombra (Gebo and the Shadow), and A Caixa (The Box). These films earned critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for O Orfanato do Dr. Pereira (The Orphanage of Dr. Pereira).
In recent years, Botelho has continued to explore different genres, including art house, fantasy, and drama. His most recent films include A Canção de Lisboa (The Song of Lisbon), which explores the personal life of a composer, and O Homem do Pau Brasil (The Man with the Brazilian Stick), which follows a character as he journeys to Brazil in search of his identity.
Botelho's films have been widely praised for their strong visual style and complex themes. His work has been praised for its ability to tell stories from a unique perspective, and his films continue to influence contemporary Portuguese cinema. Botelho has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the