Luís Alves de Matos was born in 1962 in Lisbon and graduated from Lisbon’s Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. Since 1993 he has collaborated in many contemporary art projects and directed several documentary films about Portuguese artists. In 2001m he founded an independent film production company, Amatar Films that has produced a series of contemporary art documentaries and experimental films. His documentary, “A Fazer o Mal”, won as award at the X Encontros Internacionais de Cinema Documental da Malaposta in1999 and in 2008 and 2011 he won the award for Best Portuguese Film at the Temps d’Images Cinema Awards with the films “Lost in Art – Looking For Wittgenstein” and “Luz Teimosa”, respectively.
He has served as a jury for several festivals, including Festival de Gramado (2011) and Primeiro Olhar of Encontros de Viana (2012).
Mário Eloy – O Pintor em Fuga (59’, Portugal, 1997)
A Fazer o Mal (25’, Portugal, 1999)
Últimos Dias/ Last days (17’, Portugal, 2000)
João Penalva - Personagem e Intérprete/ João Penalva – Character and Player (54’, Portugal, 2001)
Ana Hatherly: A Mão Inteligente/ Ana Hatherly – The intelligent Hand (50’, Portugal, 2002)
Fernanda Fragateiro – Perfect Places (52’, Portugal, 2003)
A Praça/ The Square (52’, Portugal, 2004)
Fiat Lux (16’, Portugal, 2005)
Lost in Art – Looking For Wittgenstein (co-director: João Louro) (10’, Portugal, 2007)
Blind Runner – An Artist Under Surveillance (58’, Portugal, 2007)
Montanha Fria/ Cold Mountain (12’, Portugal, 2009)
Unwavering Light (75’, Portugal, 2010)
Um Rio Chamado Ave (Orig.) / 2012 / Portugal / 22 min
This film explores the continuous journey between the past and the present. In the sense of change, like the natural condition of a river and of man. In low flight across the water, from the source in the mountains to its mouth, we witness the consequences of the indifference of man towards nature. But the river resists. Because everything that runs deep is revealed at the surface.