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ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLOND HAIR GIRL

Portugal / France / Spain, 2009 (MIFF 2009, International Panorama)

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.

D/S Manoel de Oliveira P François d'Artemarre WS Pyramide International L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

See also...

GEBO AND THE SHADOW

"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 »

CHRISTOPHER COLOMBUS - THE ENIGMA

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 ... More »

THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA

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 ... More »

BELLE TOUJOURS

“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 ... More »

ALL ABOUT ACTRESSES

“I can't take any more of your highbrow direction! I've done this goddamn scene 30 times!” ... Actor-turned-director Maïwenn Le Besco's latest feature is a clever black comedy masquerading ... More »

VILLA AMALIA

“Enigmatic, fascinating, alternately bitter and defiant, [Isabelle Huppert] commands the screen at every moment.” - New York Times ... After finding her boyfriend in the arms of another woman ... More »

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