Cláudia Varejão (b. 1980, Porto, Portugal), director and photographer, enrolled in the Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme offered by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and studied at Berlin’s Film and Television Academy and São Paulo’s International Film Academy. She also studied photography at the Art and Visual Communication Centre (Ar.Co) in Lisbon. She directed the 20-minute documentary Wanting (Falta-me, 2005) and the short features Weekend (Fim-de-semana, 2007), Cold Day (Um dia frio, 2010), Morning Light (Luz da manhã, 2012) andSowing Time (Semear o tempo, 2015). In her feature-length debut In the Darkness of the Theater I Take off My Shoes (No escuro do cinema descalço os sapatos, 2016), screened this spring at the Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris, she observes the daily routines of dancers and other employees of Portugal’s National Ballet Company. Ama-San is her second feature-length film.
Source: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016