One of the biggest names in directors of photography on today’s European cinematographic panorama. Having graduated in Film from the University Center Lisboa in 1962, he began his movie career working as an assistant to, among others, Jean Rabier in As Ilhas Encantadas (Enchanted Isles), directed by Carlos Vilardebó, and to Néstor Almendros in L’amour en fuite (Love on the Run), directed by François Truffaut. Over thirty years of professional career have seen him sign the photographic direction of around 75 movies. Particularly fruitful was his collaboration with the filmmaker Alain Tanner, with whom Acácio de Almeida worked on two of the former’s greatest films, Dans la ville blanche (In the White City) and Une flamme dans mon coeur (A Flame in My Heart). He has moreover filmed with his countryman Manoel de Oliveira movies including O pasado e o presente (Past and Present), although his most prolific collaboration was with the director Raúl Ruiz, directing the photography on seven of his movies, outstanding among which are La ville des pirates (City of Pirates), Point de fuite (Vanishing Point) and Dans un miroir.
Other remarkable titles on his filmography are Antonio da Cunha Telles’ O cerco (The Circle), Marion Hansel’s Il maestro (The Maestro), Juan Miñón’s La leyenda de Balthasar el Castrado, Nadine Trintignant’s Fugueuses, Benoît Jacquot’s Les mendiants (The Beggars), Eduardo de Gregório’s Aspern, Joao Cesar Monteiro’s A flor do mar (Flower of the Sea), Jorge Silva Melo’s Agosto (August), Jean-Pierre Limousin’s L’autre nuit (The Other Night) and Pilar Távora’s Yerma.