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THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA

Portugal / Spain / France / Brazil, 2010 (MIFF 2010, International Panorama)

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

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 - The Enigma, MIFF 08) continues to explore his favoured theme of frustrated love.

A Jewish photographer (played by Oliveira's real-life grandson, Ricardo Trêpa) receives an urgent call requesting he take the final photograph of a young woman, Angelica, who has died only days after her wedding. The moment he lays eyes on Angelica, he falls in love with her. Through the lens, she appears to come back to life - just for him - and she will haunt him night and day, until exhaustion.

“Love is abstract and it's absolute… it's the anxiety of two beings to become just one.” - filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira

D/S Manoel de Oliveira P François d'Artemarre WS Pyramide International L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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 »

ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLOND HAIR GIRL

“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 ... 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 »

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 »

BEGINNERS

"A tender, funny-sad journey into the messiness that is love." - Hollywood Reporter ... At 75 years old, Hal (Christopher Plummer) is only recently out of the closet, dying of cancer, and determined ... More »

SURVIVING LIFE

"Dazzling visual invention from a master animator... an unmissable pleasure." - Hollywood Reporter ... After a five-year absence following the death of his wife, Eva, surrealist Jan Švankmajer ... More »

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