João Nuno Pinto is a Portuguese film director born in Mozambique, that lived in Portugal and Brazil, before establishing himself in Lisbon.
Graduated in Graphic Arts, he started his career in design and art direction before crossing the Atlantic and study Cinema at the New York Film Academy and Directing Actors at the Judith Weston’s Studio in Los Angeles. Pinto’s filmmaking process has been recognized by his character-driven narratives, crafted with
a keen cinematic sensibility.
His latest feature film MOSQUITO, a First World War drama based in his grand-father story, set in Mozambique, and produced by Paulo Branco, was the opening film of the International Film festival Rotterdam 2020 and won the Critics Award for Best International Film at the Mostra de São Paulo, in the same year.
AMÉRICA, his first feature film, was premiered in 2010 at the Rio Festival, Brazil, and won Best Director at the Sofia Film Festival, among other awards. He recently made his television debut with the crime series NATURAL LAW for the Portuguese national television, RTP1, where he led the audience ratings for fiction programs on the channel and won the Sophia Award for Best National Series. THE LAST SUMMER is his third feature film. It is produced by Wonder Maria Filmes, a production company of which he is a founding partner.
WONDER MARIA FILMES is a new production company based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Founded by four longtime friends: writer and director Fernanda Polacow, director João Nuno Pinto and producers Andreia Nunes and Bruno Cabral. All their background and recognized careers are in this new company full of strength to build new projects.
We aim to create and produce social and politically relevant projects for a world desperately needing for change.
Our last project is “Big Bang Henda” doc. 22min, directed by Fernanda Polacow (world premiered in DocLisboa 2023). We are finishing “The Last Summer” a feature directed by João Nuno Pinto, written by Fernanda Polacow; co-produced with Abolina Film (IT) and Aurora Cine (AR). “Sun in Saturn” is in development phase, and it will be the first feature film directed by Ary Zara, that won the CNC Pitch award at Torino Film Lab 2023.