João Botelho

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João Botelho
João Botelho
João Manuel Relvas Leopoldo Botelho

(1949-05-11) 11 May 1949 (age 74)
Alma materUniversity of Coimbra
Lisbon Theatre and Film School
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
SpouseLeonor Pinhão
ChildrenFrancisco Pinhão Botelho, António Pinhão Botelho, and Joana Pinhão Botelho

João Manuel Relvas Leopoldo Botelho[1] (born 1949) is a Portuguese film director.

He has directed and written the screenplays of numerous films. His films have won several awards. His works have been nominated for the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion.

Botelho was awarded the prestigious Ordem do Infante D.Henrique (Grau Comendador), one of the highest Portuguese honors, by President Jorge Sampaio on 10 June 2005.

Early years[edit]

Botelho was born in Lamego, northern Portugal. He enrolled in mechanical engineering at the University of Coimbra and in cinema at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema), in 1974, dropping out in both cases. He has worked as a graphic artist. His first cinematographic works were O Alto do Cobre and Um Projecto de Educação Popular, both in 1976.


Several nominations and awards in the Venice Film Festival:

  • Nominated to Golden Lion for O Fatalista in 2005, Quem És Tu? in 2001 and Tráfico in 1998.
  • Won the Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award for Quem És Tu? in 2001 and had a FIPRESCI Prize – Honorable Mention in 1988 for Tempos Difíceis.

Special participations in festivals[edit]


The following films were directed by Botelho. For all except Um Projecto De Educação Popular, O Alto Do Cobre, No Dia Dos Meus Anos, 13 Filmes X 3, As Mãos E As Pedras, and Viagem Ao Coração Do Douro, A Terra Onde Nasci, he also wrote the screenplay.


  1. ^ "Cinema Português".
  • "RAMOS, Jorge Leitão". Dicionário do Cinema Português (1962–1988). Editorial Caminho, SA, Lisbon, 1989
  • O Cais do Olhar, by José de Matos-Cruz, Portuguese Cinematheque, 1999

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