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SANDRA KOGUT

Sandra Kogut was born in Rio de Janeiro (February 5) in 1965. She studied philosophy and communication at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and video at Video Free America, in San Francisco.

In 1984 she did her first video works, pushing the limits of image, language and narrative codes. Two years later she set up, with Roberto Berliner, the independent production company Antevê, to be able to research and carry out her video works. Among these were the music video for the song Manuel, by Ed Motta (bronze medal at the New York International Film and TV Festival) and the musical Juliette, with Fausto Fawcett (winner of the best editing and best script prizes at the VI Brazil Fotóptica Video Festival and the gold medal at the 31st New York International Film and TV Festival. Sandra also made the music videos A Novidade (Paralamas do Sucesso) and Kátia Flávia (again with Fausto Fawcett).

Sandra has authored works which anticipated questionings of contemporary culture, such as the 1991 series Parabolic People (shot in Paris, New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Dakar and Rio), or Videocabines, a project begun in 1990. Since then, she has been using different media and formats: documentaries, experimental films, fiction and installations. The works Videocabines são caixas pretas and the series Parabolic people originated from the Projeto das cabines, which consisted of a collection of short statements, messages or performances by ordinary people, taken from several parts of the world, inside closed booths set up in public places, where people could stay in seemingly total isolation.

From 1993 to 1994, Sandra was artistic director at Globograph and, subsequently, she developed the internet art installation project Teleeyes, in partnership with PUC-Rio.

Sandra has won awards at international festivals, but her success with the public began with the short film Lá e cá, made in 1995, about the daily life of a woman living in a poor neighborhood, played by actress Regina Casé. At the time, the short film was widely released in some Brazilian capitals, with a schedule similar to that of feature-length films, with the director and the actress participating in the screenings. Lá e cá won awards at important festivals, such as the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany, as well as Kiev, Leipzig, Locarno, Havana, Split and many others.

She was one of the creators of the program Brasil Legal, on Globo TV, besides directing it from 1996 to 1998.

In 2001, Sandra Kogut made her feature-length debut with the documentary Um passaporte húngaro. In the film, the director tries to get her Hungarian citizenship (her grandfather was born in Budapest) and, in doing so, confronts the bureaucracy of the state and its interference in individual lives. The documentary, released in2003, was a French/Belgian/Hungarian/Brazilian co-production. The same year, she made Passagers d’Orsay, produced by the Musée d’Orsay, with French television. Her work won another award at the Oberhausen Film Festival, in Germany, and in Kieve, Leipzig, Locarno, Havana, Split and many others. The filmaker’s fiction debut was Mutum (2007). Sandra Korgut, with a script by herself and Ana Luíza Martins Costa, took to the screen the story of Miguilim, from the book Campo Geral, by writer João Guimarães Rosa. Mutum was filmed in the Minas Gerais bush country, with non-actors playing the majority of roles. It was first shown at the closing of the Cannes festival, the same year. It was then released in Brazil and elected Best Film at the Rio Film Festival.

In August 2009, a retrospective of Sandra’s career was held as part of the Bahia Modern Art Museum project Cinema de Artista. Sandra has taught at the Strasbourg School of Fine Arts (France) and in the American universities Princeton and San Diego, in California. Her works have been shown at Moma/NY, the Guggenheim Museum and the Forum des Images/Paris, among others, and they have been the object of retrospectives at the Harvard Film Archives (USA), the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and at the ZO – Contemporary Culture Center in Catania, Sicily, among others. Sandra is currently (2009) preparing her next fiction film.