Porto (PT), 1966
Rui Poças is an award-winning Portuguese director of photography. He began his career in the documentary genre and later in fiction. He studied cinema at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, in Lisbon and, in 1994, attended the Advanced Film Course at the New York Film Academy.
He debuted in cinema with "Mar de Rosas" (1991), by Luís Matos, in which he participated as director of photography. In that same role, he was responsible for the photography of several award-winning feature films, such as "Phantom" (2000), " To Die Like a Man" (2009), "Tabu" (2012), "The Ornithologist" (2016), "Zama" (2017), "Desert" (2016) and "Rust" (2018). "Tabu" premiered at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer and the International Federation of Film Critics - FIPRESCI awards, in addition to being the Portuguese film with the largest international distribution since 2012.
"ZAMA" by Lucrecia Martel made its debut at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, securing Poças a nomination and recognition as runner-up of the International Cinephile Society Awards, among names like Alfonso Cuarón and Lukasz Zal. He won in 2019 the important international awards Fenix ("Oscar" of Ibero-American cinema) and Platino for his work as Director of Photography.
Rui is internationally known for his impactful images and the fluidity of his cinematic quality in different genres.