Former Minister of Culture José Sasportes and the directors of the Cinemateca Portuguesa and the National Theater D. Maria II, José Manuel Costa and Tiago Rodrigues, will be awarded the insignia of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
The ceremony, on Wednesday at 18:30, takes place at the French embassy in Lisbon, and the insignia will be delivered by ambassador Jean-Michel Casa.
According to information from the embassy, José Sasportes, former Minister of Culture, is awarded the degree of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
Sasportes, a dance historian, former chairman of the UNESCO National Commission, who served as the Press and Cultural Adviser at the Portuguese embassies in Rome, Washington and Stockholm, was director of the ACARTE Service of the Gulbenkian Foundation, and had already been distinguished with the first two degrees of this Order, that of knight and officer.
The Order of Arts and Letters aims to reward people who are distinguished by their artistic or literary creation, but also those who contribute to the influence and development of arts and letters in France and the world.
The current director of the Portuguese Cinemateca, José Manuel Costa, is distinguished with the rank of officer.
José Manuel Costa began to work in the Cinematheque in 1975, where he was responsible for the design and installation of the National Archive of Motion Pictures.
The current artistic director of the National Theater D. Maria II, Tiago Rodrigues, is decorated in the degree of the knight.
A playwright, director and actor, Tiago Rodrigues won last year’s 15th New European Theatrical Realities Award, which joins others in his career as the GDA Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his performance in the film “Bad Born “, by João Canijo, and a Golden Globes Caras / SIC 2013 for the staging of” Three Fingers Below the Knee “.
As part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Tiago Rodrigues presented two “By Heart” and “Sopro” shows in February in the French capital, at the Bastille Theater.
Several Portuguese personalities have been awarded this order, in their different degrees. Among others, mention Amália Rodrigues, António Lobo Antunes, Mísia, Lídia Jorge, Dulce Maria Cardoso or José-Augusto França.