Mário Macedo, from Famalicão, is one of the four young Portuguese filmmakers that will be in Cannes next May. Through the program 'La Factory des Cinéastes' of the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs' (Fortnight of Filmmakers) in Cannes, France, which had the North of Portugal as stage, Mário Macedo will present a short film developed with the Iranian filmmaker, Dornaz Hajiha.
The short film is being shot in the area of Porto and Vale do Ave, and will premiere in the 55th edition of the 'Directors' Fortnight', an independent session held in parallel with the 'Cannes Festival', which runs from 16 to 27 May and that, this year, will highlight the film production in Northern Portugal.
The film will have its world premiere in Cannes and appears as a lever for international markets and projects.
The choice of the four Portuguese directors - Mário Macedo, André Guiomar, Melanie Pereira and Mariana Bártolo -, was made by the Portuguese production company Bando à Parte, of Rodrigo Areias, based in Guimarães, through a national application process that valued the curriculum and the existence of future projects, namely the perspective of developing a feature film. Mário Macedo fitted this list of requirements.
It should be noted that Mário Macedo's curriculum includes short films such as 'Third Shift' (2021), 'Miki Kalafat' (2021), 'The Turn of the Revolt' (2018), 'Mary Without Sin' (2016) and 'Uncle Rui' (2011). The filmmaker's works have been shown in the programming of Casa das Artes de Famalicão, namely in the Close-Up - Famalicão Film Observatory cycles.