Was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
He began by studying Biology at Lisbon University to become an ornithologist but soon gave it up for Cinema Studies and graduated from Lisbon Film School.
His work explores human desire in all its guises - and dis- guises - reflecting the multifarious history of film, from classic genres to documentary and experimental film.
He directed five features: O FANTASMA (2000), ODETE (2005), MORRER COMO UM HOMEM / TO DIE LIKE A MAN, (2009), A ÚLTIMA VEZ QUE VI MACAU / THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO (2012) - codirected with João Rui Guerra da Mata - and O ORNITÓLOGO / THE ORNITHOLOGIST (2016). The post-production of this last film was made at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains in France, where he has been an “Invited Artist” (for the second time already), during the current school year 2015/2016. He also directed several shorts, some together with Guerra da Mata, being IEC LONG (2014) their newest film together and belonging to a body of work they like to call their “Asian films”.
His films premiered and won prizes at the world’s fore- most film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Locarno and Berlin.
SANTO ANTÓNIO / SAINT ANTHONY, created with Guerra da Mata for the Mimesis Art Museum in South Korea (26/11/2013 to 9/02/2014) was his first exhibition. A four-channel video installation, part of the Korean exhibition opened in October 2014 at the Johnson- KuluKundis Family Gallery at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University.
In 2014-2015 he was a Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, USA.
From November 25th, 2016 till January 2nd, 2017, he will have a complete retrospective and exhibition, together with João Rui Guerra da Mata at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.