isiPhethu Speakers 2024

Pedro Freire

Pedro Freire is a film, theatre and television director and writer. He is a Film Directing graduate of Cuba’s Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) where he is currently a professor. His filmography includes eight short films, shown in competition at top festivals including Venice, Locarno, Havana, Torino, Cinéma du Réel, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. His short film SE POR ACASO, made under the artistic supervision of Abbas Kiarostami, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. His short film O TEU SORRISO (BLISS) premiered at the Venice Film Festival Competition and released in theatres in Brazil. He worked as a screenwriter for Ruy Guerra, as assistant director to Karim Aïnouz and collaborated as a director of actors and casting director in sixteen feature films for filmmakers including Jonathan Nossiter, Marcelo Gomes, Sandra Kogut among others. He was assistant director for theatre directors Enrique Diaz and Bia Lessa. His screenplay for the feature HOPEFULS won the Carte Blanche Prize at Locarno in 2014. He has directed three plays, including Harold Pinter’s Old Times in Rio in 2011 and São Paulo in 2012. He has directed several television series, alongside Luiz Fernando Carvalho and Anna Muylaert, among others. He participated at the Lincoln Center Theater’s residence Director’s Lab (New York, 2012) and at the Berlinale Talent Campus Buenos Aires (2008). He teaches classes on directing actors at several institutions in Brazil, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Malu is his first feature film.