Paulo Rocha

Paulo Rocha (1935-2012) was a Portuguese film director. After studying filmmaking in Paris, Rocha worked as an assistant to Jean Renoir on The Elusive Corporal (1961). He made his first film Os verdes anos in 1963. Rocha became one of the main exponents of the Portuguese nouvelle vague of the 1960s. The filmmaker lived in Japan for several years and many of his later films were influenced by this experience. His first big production in colour, the Japanese-Portuguese co-production A ilha des amores was screened at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Rocha made many internationally renowned short films, feature films and documentaries.