Sebastião Salgado is a Portuguese writer / director. He graduated in Law and worked as a lawyer for four years before he decided to quit his job and move to New York to study screenwriting. After returning to Lisbon he started earning his living from writing for television. But cinema is his passion, so in 2016 he enrolled in an MFA program at the Lisbon Film and Theater School and started directing his own short films, which have been awarded in several festivals worldwide. In 2019 he co-wrote the feature “Ballad of a Hustler”, directed by Heitor Dhalia, and in 2020 he earned a grant from the Portuguese National Film Fund to direct his first feature film – “Lesser Evil”.
Lesser Evil is a dramatic character-driven movie about paternity. It tells the story of Rodrigo, a former jiu jitsu fighter who lives between the dispute over the custody of his daughter, who he has not seen for over five years, and the care he provides to his father, an Alzheimer’s patient. Fighting for Madalena’s custody has already taken a lot of his energy, and when he finally wins in Court the right to spend a weekend with her every month, he finds out that his ex-wife is planning to move to the United States and take her. Rodrigo is willing to do anything he can conquer his daughter’s love. And whilst his methods are not always the most orthodox, Madalena is no longer a child, and has her own dilemmas and problems to solve.