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Luís Miguel Cintra

An iconic actor and stage director in Portugal, Luís Miguel Cintra was born in Madrid, in 1949. His connection to theater began in 1968, at the Faculty of Letters Theater Group, when he was studying Romance Philology at the University of Lisbon. From 1970 to 1972, he attended the Acting Technical Course, in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, thanks to a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. When he returned to Portugal, he founded, along with Jorge Silva Melo, the Teatro da Cornucópia Company, in 1973, where he directed plays by some of the great names in theater, including Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Brecht, Beckett, Strindberg, and many others, almost always participating as an actor in the plays he directed. At the same time, until the 80s, he was a theater critic for O Tempo e o Modo magazine and he managed the Seara Nova Theater Collection, from Estampa publishing house, and the Theater Collection, from Ulmeiro publishing house. As a reader, Luís Miguel Cintra recorded complete readings of Viagens na Minha Terra, by Almeida Garrett and Amor de Perdição, by Camilo Castelo Branco, as well as poems by Pessoa, Sophia de Mello Breyner, Camões, Antero de Quental and Ruy Belo. In 1987, Cintra made his debut as an opera stage director, with L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, by Ravel and Dido and Aeneas, by Purcell, at the Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos. In the following years, he directed operas by Mozart, Haydn, Cherubini, among others. He worked with the Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos Choir and the Gulbenkian Choir, as a reader, in recitals by authors such as Schubert, Liszt, Sati and Poulenc. In 1984, he entered the Venice Biennial Theater Festival with his group and in 1988 he directed the show La Mort du Prince et Autres Fragments, by Fernando Pessoa, for the Avignon Festival. Later, he kept on presenting plays in Italy, France, Spain and. Belgium In addition to the theater, Luís Miguel Cintra began his career in cinema early, making his debut in a short film by João César Monteiro. From that point until now, he worked in over 70 films, with directors like the aforementioned João César Monteiro, Paulo Rocha, Manoel de Oliveira, Joaquim Pinto, João Botelho, Teresa Villaverde, Pedro Costa and the American John Malkovich. His many awards include two Bordalo da Casa da Imprensa Awards for Best Acting in Film (1995) and Best Acting in Theater (1997), two Globos de Ouro for Theater Personality of the Year (1999) and Best Theater Actor (2003), the Coimbra University Award and the Pessoa Prize, both in 2005. The LEFFEST will pay tribute to Luís Miguel Cintra’s work as an actor, through a selection of films he starred in; and as a stage director, showing recordings of some of the plays, followed by discussions with the audience and several actors he worked with.

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Apr 29, 1949 In Madrid, Spain
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie O Vitral e a Santa Morta 1965-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie War 2020-10-22
Known For
Poster of The Dancer Upstairs
Poster of Captains of April
Poster of Anxiety
Poster of Silvestre
Movie War Cabo Mira 2020-10-22
Movie Antecâmara Unknown 2018-10-24
Movie Rage Camacho 2018-10-31
Movie Manuel Casimiro - Pintar a Ideia Narrador 2018-12-20
Movie Correspondences Unknown 2016-08-04
Movie Días color naranja 2016-11-10
Movie The Old Man of Belem Luís de Camões 2014-12-11
Movie Illusion 2014-10-01
Movie Second Hand Henrique Castro Lima 2013-06-19
Movie The New Testament of Jesus Christ According to John Unknown 2013-11-13
Movie If I Were a Thief... I'd Steal Vitalino 2013-09-10
Movie Gebo and the Shadow Chamico 2012-01-01
Movie The world that was (and that is) Narrator 2011-01-01
Movie Demain? Ruben Dario 2011-10-16
Movie The Sword and the Rose Rosa 2 2010-09-09
Movie The Strange Case of Angelica Engenheiro 2010-12-29
Movie Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl Unknown 2009-02-10
Movie From Now On António 2008-01-01
Movie Carlos de Oliveira: Upon the Left Side 2007-01-01
Movie One of Us Cannot Be Wrong Devil 2007-02-28
Movie Christopher Columbus, The Enigma Diretor Museu Porto Santo 2007-09-06
Movie Magic Mirror Filipe Quinta 2006-03-09
Movie The Fifth Empire Simão, Sapateiro Santo 2004-09-09
Movie A Talking Picture Himself 2003-08-31
Movie The Days I Don’t Exist L'oncle 2003-10-08
Movie The Uncertainty Principle Daniel Roper 2002-05-17
Movie The Dancer Upstairs Calderón 2002-09-20
Movie Rending professor 2001-11-30
Movie Captains of April Brigadeiro Pais 2000-04-21
Movie Erros Meus 2000-01-01
Movie Peixe-Lua Dr. João José 2000-09-29
Movie Snow White O Caçador 2000-10-11
Movie The Heart's Root Catão 2000-10-18
Movie Word and Utopia Padre António Vieira (middle age) 2000-11-17
Movie The Letter M. da Silva 1999-09-22
Movie As Bodas de Deus God's Messenger 1999-10-15
Movie Anxiety Son 1998-05-19
Movie The Convent Baltar 1995-09-06
Movie Casa de Lava Actor convidado 1994-01-01
Movie Two Brothers, My Sister Friend at the Apartment 1994-11-04
Movie Blind Man's Bluff Blind Man 1994-11-18
Movie Villa Mauresque Unknown 1993-07-07
Movie Zéfiro Narrator 1993-08-01
Movie Poor George Highschool Teacher Luis 1993-02-26
Movie Abraham's Valley Carlo Paiva 1993-09-01
Movie Here on Earth Miguel 1993-09-09
Movie The Last Dive Hyperion Extracts Reader (voice) 1992-09-18
Movie Day of Despair Freitas Fortuna 1992-10-30
Movie The Divine Comedy Prophet 1991-10-11
Movie No, or the Vain Glory of Command Ens. Cabrita, Viriato, Don João de Portugal 1990-10-12
Movie Where the Sun Beats Artur (voice) 1989-09-10
Movie Recollections of the Yellow House Lívio 1989-10-12
Movie Blood The Uncle 1989-12-07
Movie The Cannibals Viscount d'Aveleda 1988-11-10
Movie Tall Stories Dr. Fernando 1988-03-11
Movie A Propósito da Bandeira Nacional Narrator 1988-12-09
Movie O Desejado João 1987-09-01
Movie The Jester Count of Trava 1987-10-31
Movie My Case L'Intrus 1986-09-25
Movie Vertiges Unknown 1985-04-09
Movie The Satin Slipper Don Rodrigue 1985-09-24
Movie Ninguém Duas Vezes Carlos 1985-04-24
Movie Signals of Life 1984-04-13
Movie Gestures and Fragments Armando (voice) 1983-02-22
Movie Silvestre Pilgrim / Knight / D. Raimundo 1982-05-06
Movie Island of Loves Wenceslau de Moraes 1982-06-08
Movie E Não se Pode Exterminá-lo? 1979-01-01
Movie Nem Pássaro Nem Peixe Unknown 1978-09-01
Movie O Outro Teatro ou As Coisas Pertencem a Quem as Torna Melhores Unknown 1977-10-01
Movie Entremês Famoso Sobre a Pesca no Rio Minho Unknown 1974-01-01
Movie A Pousada das Chagas 1972-02-25
Movie Fragments of an Alms-Film Narrator (voice) 1972-01-01
Movie He Goes Long Barefoot That Waits For Dead Men's Shoes Lívio 1971-01-01
Movie O Vitral e a Santa Morta Narrator 1965-01-01