Born in Vila do Conde (Portugal) 1983. Based in Berlin.
Portuguese filmmaker working mostly around the concept of Analogue Cinema, exploring the medium potentiality, and expanding the aesthetic and technological “heritage” of the classic films procedures of working with 16mm and 8mm material. His films have been presented in several film festivals and galleries, such as Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, MACBA Barcelona, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mostra São Paulo, Curtas Vila do Conde, Indie Lisboa, amongst others.
Presenting solo performance as well collaborating with several musicians such as Vessel, Panda Bear, Lee Ranaldo, Fennesz, Craig Leon, Demdike Stare, Shackleton, Jacaszek, Shxcxchcxsh, Tropic of Cancer, Porto Remix Ensemble… And has been presented those performance in leading festivals like Sonar, Unsound, Berlin Atonal, All Tomorrow’s Party, Mutek, Dekmantel, TaicoClub Japan, Red Bull Music Academy, etc.; as well in renowned institutions like Barbican, Serralves Museum, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Eye Film Museum, Contemporary Cultural Center of Valencia, Caixa Forum, among others.
Pedro Maia approaches filmmaking from a boundary point of view: he has a specific interest in the material and physical qualities of the medium which lies hidden in the image and how they affect it, analyzing the beauty of its patina and how it fades away as its doubly temporal substrate, able to capture a time while also aging it as an object. From this position, Pedro Maia also seeks out the relationships of cinema as a language, comparing them to other modern languages, ranging from plastic art experimentation to the expanded film or video clip. But these are probably only words of a reflection that is far from what his films truly express: the tension between light and darkness, the struggle between desire and pain, poetry that emerges from each inner conflict.
CurtoCircuíto – International Film Festival