Manoel De Oliveira Tribute

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Nov 2015

Manoel De Oliveira Tribute

ANIKI BOBO

Country: Portugal
Year: 1942
Starring: Americo Botelho, Feliciano David, Nascimento Fernandes
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 82 min
Language: Portugese
Subtitles: English

Oliveira’s first feature-length film takes place in the old streets of Porto, by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough" by stealing a doll in a shop. Soon, Carlitos develops feelings for Terezinhau, but he will have to face Eduardo, the “boss”, also in love with the pretty little girl. The latter will not allow any rival to challenge him.

Anki Bobo
Still from Anki Bobo (Photo: Zawya)

LABOR ON THE DOURO RIVER / DOURO, FAINA FLUVIAL

Country: Portugal
Year: 1931
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 21 min

The first film directed by Oliveira is a portrait of his hometown, Porto, and of the labor industry that exists along the city’s main river, the Douro.

Labor on the Duoro River
Still from Labor on the Duoro River (Photo: Zawya)

VAL ABRAHAM / VALE ABRAÃO

Country: France, Portugal, Switzerland
Year: 1992
Starring: Leonor Silvera, Luis Miguel Cintra, Cecile Sanz De Alba
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 187 min
Language: Portugese
Subtitles: English

After a sheltered youth as the most bewitching but unattainable girl in her town, Ema weds a man twice her age. She enters into the marriage as a concession to familial and cultural expectations, and as a result is forever ending up in the arms of other men. This provides her with fleeting moments of solace, but in the end will leave her in a precarious position. This haunting story is based on a novel by Agustina Bessa-Luis.

Critics Award – Sao Paulo IFF 1993
Best Artistic Contribution Award – Tokyo IFF 1993

Val Abraham
Still from Val Abraham (Photo: Zawya)

VOYAGE TO THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD / VIAGEM AO PRINCIPO DO MUNDO

Country: Portugal, France
Year: 1997
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Yves Gautier, Leonor Silveira
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 95 min
Language: French, Portuguese
Subtitles: English

Born in France, actor Afonso travels to his father's birthplace in Portugal, accompanied by an aging director, Manoel, and two other actors. The journey takes them to the village of Alto Minho, where they look back on rural Portugal and the memories of a lifetime. Mastroianni’s last film is loosely based on the experiences of French actor Yves Afonso while shooting a film in Portugal in 1987. 

FIPRESCI Award – Cannes IFF 1997
Critics Award – European Film Academy 1997

Voyage to the Beginning of the World
Still from Voyage to the Beginning of the World (Photo: Zawya)

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