Film Industry Role: Director

Nationality: Portuguese

Major Works: "Terra de Ninguém" (2012) and "Coupe de Gracê" (2017)

Major Awards and Nominations: Winner of the New Waves Non-fiction Award in the category of Best Film for "Extinção" (2018), nominee for CinEuphoria for "Terra de Ninguém" (2014) and nominee for the Golden Berlin Bear award for "Coup de Grâce" (2017) 

Salomé Lamas studied cinema in Lisbon (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema) and Prague (Filmová a Televizni Fakulta Akademie Múzick’VCHV Praze). She has a visual arts MFA from Amsterdam's Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie and is a Ph.D candidate in Contemporary Art Studies in Coimbra (Universidade de Coimbra).

In a fertile occupation of ‘no man’s land’ Lamas attempts to dissolve the apparent border between documentary and fiction revealing a particular interest in the intrinsic relationship between storytelling, memory, and history, while simultaneously using the moving image to explore the traumatically repressed, seemingly unrepresentable, or historically invisible.

Lamas’ has since 2009 been working with time-based image both on films that tour the festival circuit and that occasionally obtain commercial distribution, video installations aimed to be showed at art institutions and museums, she lectures master classes, facilitates workshops, takes part in artist talks and juries, is a visiting lecture at art universities and in 2017 she presented her first stage creation.

Her work has been screened both in art venues and film festivals such as: Berlinale, NIMK – Netherlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Roma, Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Tate Modern, ICA – The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Mostra de São Paulo and CAC  –  Contemporary Art Center Vilnius.

Lamas was granted several fellowships such as The Gardner Film Study Center Fellowship – Harvard University, The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação Oriente, Bogliasco Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD.


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