Director: Manoel de Oliveira
“All the evil in the world comes from the fact we care about one another.”
Now in his 100th year, the world's oldest working filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira brings another great work to MIFF after last year's Christopher Columbus - The Enigma and 2007's Belle Toujours.
Based on a short story by Portuguese realist Eça de Queirós, Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl recounts a tale of a love just out of reach. A stranger on a train is told the story of Macário, a young man smitten with a beautiful blonde-haired girl. With the realisation that the girl is beyond his means, Macário goes to great lengths to make his fortune and win her hand - but fate, he finds, has other plans.
A charming little jewel of a film, full of grace and subtle wickedness.
“I'm a different woman now. I'm not the same woman who needed to be in love with one man to make love with another.”Thirty-nine years after Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriére shocked a… More »
Portugal, France, 2007
Life is the journey, life is the enigma. ... At 99 years old, veteran filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira (Belle Toujours, MIFF 07) returns to MIFF with Christopher Columbus - The Enigma, a romanticised ble… More »
Fate and the metaphysical intervene in the life of a lost actress. ... A film-within-a-film is the catalyst for life-changing events in this homage to prolific filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira from Eug… More »
Pure, vintage Oliveira in this tale of a seductive revenant. ... Centenarian filmmaker and MIFF mainstay Manoel de Oliveira (Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl, MIFF 09 and Christopher Columbus - Th… More »
"Every shot is a tour de force of precision that leans toward pure hallucination." - Cinema Scope ... At the age of 104, the indefatigable Manoel de Oliveira (The Strange Case of Angelica, MIFF 2010)… More »