Alberto Seixas Santos, Portuguese film director, Died at 80


Seixas Santos was born on March 20, 1936, in Lisbon, Portugal and died on December 10, 2016.

He was a Portuguese film director.

He studied Historical-philosophical Sciences in the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon.

During 1958, Santos started to work as a film critic. Studied in Paris, at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) in 1962 and, in the next year, at the London Film School.

He came from a generation of film club lovers, is part of the cinematic movement called Novo Cinema (New Cinema) and started to shoot documentaries – A Arte e o Ofício de Ourives and Indústria Cervejeira em Portugal (1968).

In 1970, Santos was one of the founders of the Portuguese Cinema Center.

Brandos Costumes was his first feature-film, which was shot between 1972 and 1975 and written together with the writers Luísa Neto Jorge and Nuno Júdice, draws a line between everyday life of a medium bourgeoisie family.

The film was selected by the official competition of the Berlin International Film Festival.

He was one of the directors of As Armas e o Povo (1975), directed by a group of film-makers, which portraits the week between April 25, and May 1, 1974.

After the same political line, sign another collective film A Lei da Terra (1976), shown during the Leipzig Film Festival.

In that same year, was nominated the president of the Portuguese Film Institute.

Seixas Santos was one of the founders of Grupo Zero, an organization which had illustrious members such as João César Monteiro, Jorge Silva Melo, Ricardo Costa, Margarida Gil, Solveig Nordlund and the cinematographer Acácio de Almeida.

Seixas Santos passed away at 80 years old.