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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Manoel De Oliveira

De Oliveira was born in Portugal in 1908 and started his career as an actor. In 1931, he made his first short film « Douro, ainal Fluvial », which scandalized the portuguese press. Misunderstood in his country, he encountered many difficulties to pursue his carrer as a filmmaker. He made his first full length feature in 1941: « Aniki-Bobo », a neorealist movie. The poor reception of the film forced Manoel de Oliveira to abandon other film projects for 14 years. In 1956, he directed « Le peintre et la ville », which revolutionized documentary field. In 1971, he made his third full length film, « Le Passé et le Présent »; « Francisca » was shown at The Directors’ Fortnight, as well as « Le Val Abraham », in 1993. In 1995, he directed « The Convent », starring Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich, adapted, once again, from a novel by Agustina Bessa-Luís. He received the prestigious Prize Robert Bresson in 2004.
Manoel De Oliveira died on the 2nd of April 2015, at 106. He directed more than 50 films, fictions and documentaries.
Find his selective filmography on the right side of the page.