Eduardo Serra

Eduardo Martins Serra (born 2 October 1943) is a Portuguese cinematographer who has spent most of his career working in European film productions, mostly in French, Portuguese and British films, with frequent collaborations with directors Patrice Leconte and Claude Chabrol. Serra is best known for his work on the final two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Eduardo Serra
Born (1943-10-02) 2 October 1943

From 1960 to 1963, Serra studied engineering at Lisbon's Instituto Superior Técnico, but he had to leave the country after his involvement in students' protests against Salazar's dictatorship. He settled in France, where he was accepted to Vaugirard film school in Paris; he graduated in 1966. In 1970 he got his second degree from the Paris-Sorbonne University, in Art History and Archeology.[1]

Serra has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. His first nomination was for his work on The Wings of the Dove (1997), for which he also won a BAFTA. He received his second Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for Girl with a Pearl Earring.

In 2004, Serra received the Ordem do Infante D. Henrique, a civilian award presented for services to Portuguese culture, from President Jorge Sampaio.


1976 Les derniers beaux jours Jean-Yves Rondière Short film
1980 À vendreChristian Drillaud
Une voixDominique CrèvecoeurShort film
1982 Une histoire dérisoire Michel Campioli Short film
1983 Sem Sombra de PecadoJosé Fonseca e Costa
Itinéraire bisChristian Drillaud
Debout les crabes, la mer monte!Jean-Jacques Grand-Jouan
1984 Le garde du corpsFrançois Leterrier
Pinot simple flicGérard Jugnot
Marche à l'ombreMichel Blanc
1985 Duty Free ShopMichel CampioliShort film
Tranches de vieFrançois Leterrier
Les SpécialistesPatrice Leconte
Des terroristes à la retraiteMosco BoucaultDocumentary
Contes clandestinsDominique Crèvecoeur
Le mariage du sièclePhilippe Galland
Moi vouloir toiPatrick Dewolf
1987 Tant qu'il y aura des femmes Didier Kaminka
1988 Tropical SnowCiro Durán
A Mulher do PróximoJosé Fonseca e Costa
1990 O Processo do ReiJoão Mário Grilo
Le mari de la coiffeusePatrice LeconteNominated- César Award for Best Cinematography
1991 Lapse of Memory Patrick Dewolf
1992 Map of the Human HeartVincent WardNominated- AACTA Award for Best Cinematography
Le zèbreJean Poiret
Amor e Dedinhos de PéLuís Filipe Rocha
1993 TangoPatrice Leconte
Artcore oder Der NegerHeinz Peter Schwerfel
Die Inschrift des GottesShort film
1994 Le parfum d'YvonnePatrice Leconte
Grosse fatigueMichel Blanc
1995 Funny BonesPeter Chelsom
L'amour conjugalBenoît Barbier
Cycle SimenonTV series
1996 Les Grands DucsPatrice Leconte
O JudeuJom Tob Azulay
JudeMichael Winterbottom
The Disappearance of FinbarSue Clayton
1997 The Wings of the DoveIain SoftleyBAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Rien ne va plusClaude Chabrol
1998 What Dreams May Come Vincent Ward
1999 Au coeur du mensonge Claude Chabrol
2000 Passion of MindAlain Berliner
La veuve de Saint-PierrePatrice Leconte
UnbreakableM. Night Shyamalan
2002 Papillons de nuitJohn Randolph Pepper
Rue des plaisirsPatrice Leconte
O DelfimFernando Lopes
2003 La fleur du malClaude Chabrol
Girl with a Pearl EarringPeter WebberNominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2004 Confidences trop intimesPatrice Leconte
La Demoiselle d'honneurClaude Chabrol
Beyond the SeaKevin Spacey
2005 Il ne faut jurer... de rien! Eric Civanyan
2006 L'ivresse du pouvoirClaude Chabrol
Blood DiamondEdward Zwick
2007 La fille coupée en deuxClaude Chabrol
FadosCarlos SauraDocumentary
2008 Defiance Edward Zwick
2009 Bellamy Claude Chabrol
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 David Yates Shot back-to-back
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2012 A TherapyRoman PolanskiShort film
Belle du SeigneurGlenio Bonder
2013 A Promise Patrice Leconte


  1. "AIP Cinema". AIP Cinema. 1943-10-02. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
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