Mário Patrocínio

Mário Patrocínio

Director, Screenplay, Producer


Mário Patrocínio is a Portuguese film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work in films such as "The Great Man", "The Inheritance", and "The Outcast".

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1974, Mário Patrocínio grew up in a family of filmmakers. His father, João Patrocínio, was a director and his grandfather, José Patrocínio, was a cinematographer. This early exposure to the world of filmmaking inspired Mário to pursue a career in the industry.

After graduating from the University of Lisbon in 1998, Mário began his career as an assistant director on the film "The Great Man". The film was a critical success, and earned him the award for Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

In 2000, Mário wrote and directed his first feature film, "The Inheritance". Based on a script he had written five years earlier, the film tells the story of a woman who inherits her family's estate and is forced to confront her past. The film earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

In 2002, Mário wrote and directed the psychological thriller "The Outcast". The film follows a young man who is struggling to come to terms with his father's death. The film earned Mário a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

In 2005, Mário wrote and directed the historical drama "The Last Journey". The film tells the story of a man who goes on a journey of self-discovery after the death of his father. The film earned Mário numerous awards, including the Best Director award at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Mário Patrocínio has since gone on to direct and produce a number of critically acclaimed films, including "The Edge of Heaven" (2007), "The World is Mine" (2008), and "The Long Shadow" (2012). His films have been praised for their visual beauty, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes.

Mário Patrocínio is one of Portugal's most acclaimed filmmakers, and his work has earned him numerous awards and nominations. He continues to make films that challenge social conventions and explore themes of love, loss, and identity.