Rita Azevedo Gomes is a celebrated Portuguese filmmaker and director who has made a name for herself in Europe and in her home country. She has been directing films since the mid-1980s, and has gained a reputation for her unique and often experimental style of filmmaking.
The daughter of a Portuguese professor, Azevedo Gomes was born in 1955 in Lisbon. She studied film at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon, and then went on to specialize in film direction at the University of Paris.
Azevedo Gomes began her film career in the mid-1980s, directing a number of short films. In 1987, she made her feature-length directorial debut with 'The Face of a Woman', which earned her numerous awards and accolades. She then went on to direct and produce 'The End of the Summer' (1990) and 'The Strange Case of Angelica' (2010).
In the 1990s, Azevedo Gomes began to explore more experimental and avant-garde styles of filmmaking. She directed several documentaries, including 'The Land of the Dead' (1996) and 'The Invisible World' (1997), as well as the fiction feature 'The Tree of Knowledge' (1998).
Azevedo Gomes has also been involved in a number of projects outside of film. She has written and directed several plays, and she is also a published author, having written a number of books on the theory of cinema.
Azevedo Gomes has been honored with numerous awards throughout her career, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film for 'The End of the Summer'. In 2008, she was also honored with the Portuguese Order of Merit for her contributions to filmmaking and culture.
Today, Azevedo Gomes continues to make films and explore new ways of telling stories. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking filmmakers of her generation.