Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, and was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director. He holds a degree in theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He has been a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema since 2015, and a member of the Deutsche Filmakademie since 2020. In 2012, he was awarded Best Actor for his performance in Mütter. In 2019, he produced more than six short films such as Jah Intervention, It’s Good To Meet You or Run If You Can, Dance If You Dare, and his films have been screened at several international film festivals such as Africlap (France), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlin), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Fest. or Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. He also directed the short films I Am Not Pilatus (2019), Arriaga (2019) and Bastien (2016) for which he was distinguished with the Best Actor Award and Best First Film Award, by the Shortcutz Awards 2017, in Ovar and Viseu (both in Portugal). In 2019, he was awarded with an Angela Award – On The Road’ at the Subtitle Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland), curated by Richard Cook & Steve Cash. In 2020, Welket starred as Franz Biberkopf in Berlin Alexanderplatz (Berlinale 2020), directed by Burhan Qurbani, which earned him a nomination for the Silver Bear and a nomination as Best Male Lead’ at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis). He is currently based in Berlin.
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