Born Jan 19, 1978. From Brasilia, Brazil.
Eryk Rocha was born in Brasilia in 1978, and he has lived in several countries around Latin America. He studied cinema at the San Antonio de Los Baños School in Cuba where he produced Rocha que voa (2002), his first feature film selected for the international film festivals of Venice, Locarno, Montreal, Rotterdam and Havana, among others, winning best film at the É Tudo Verdade International Festival, the CineSul Festival in 2002, with the Saul Yelín Choir at the New Latin American Cinema Festival in Havana (2002), as well as the award for best Masterpiece at the Rosário Festival in Argentina (2003). In 2004, Eryk Rocha made the short film Quimera, which was part of the official program at the Cannes Film Festival (2004) and Sundance (2006), and he has taken part in several festivals in Brazil and abroad, such as Montreal, New York, Bilbao, South Korea and Havana, receiving the award for best short film at the Montevideo International Festival (2005) and at the Belém Festival (2004). In 2006, his second feature film Intervalo Clandestino was selected for the Montreal, Montevideo, Guadalajara and Popolli Festivals, among others, winning Honorable Mention at the Guadalajara Festival. In 2010 he released the film Pachamama, shown at 15 international film festivals, winning the award for best feature-length documentary at the Cineport 2009 Festival.
In 2011, he launched first work of fiction, the feature film Transeunte. The movie was part of the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. It was also entered in the Festivals of Biarritz, France, Istanbul (Turkey), Havana (Cuba) Guadalajara (Mexico), Marseille (France), Vancouver (Canada) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands), among others. Transeunte, was released by the Düsseldorf Museum in 12 cities around Germany. The film was chosen by Abraccine (The Brazilian Film Critics Association) as the best Brazilian feature film of 2011, and Fernando Bezerra won the APCA Award for best actor of the year. The movie has won more than 20 prizes at national and international festivals. These include the critic’s prize and best actor at the 2010 edition of the Brasília Festival, the audience award at the Latino-Americano Festival in São Paulo in 2011, and the prize for the best materpiece at the Guadalajara Festival in
Currently he is releasing JARDS, a musical documentary film based on the creative process of musician and songwriter Jards Macalé. The movie won the prize for best direction at the International Rio Festival in 2012. Rocha has also been selected for the New Directors/New Films 2013 in New York, which will be held at MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.