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Hugo Vieira da Silva was born 1974 in Oporto/Portugal. After studying Law at the Catholic University in Oporto from 1992 to 1995, he graduated from the Lisbon School of Theater and Cinema (ESTC) in 1999. His graduation documentary ARTE PUBLICA was awarded with the Kodak Prize for Best Portuguese Documentary in 1998. His following documentaries GRUPO PUZZLE and CONFESSO were screened and curated in several international contemporary art institutions and galleries. After receiving the Nipkow Grant in 2003 he moved to Berlin. His first feature film, BODY RICE, won several awards, most notably in the Best Director category in Buenos Aires (BAFICI-2007) and Mexico (FICCO-2007), a Special Mention in Locarno 2006, Best Cinematography and Best Sound in Fortaleza 2007. Furthermore, the film was selected for more than 10 competitive international sections. SWANS is his second feature film.