Tuesday, May 20, 2008


On the occasion of Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira’s 100th birthday, the Festival de Cannes will pay a tribute on Monday, May 19th, to the man who has been part of a century of cinema , with a career spanning seventy-five years. Manoel de Oliveira may be the oldest active filmmaker in the world today. Known for his distinctive formal techniques and philosophical treatment of themes, the director's work has run consistently against the mainstream. Historical and political influences of Oliveira's work are much discussed, particularly Portugal's transformation from dictatorship to social democracy. On the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, in presence of Clint Eastwood and many other directors, the tribute will start with the screening of a film by Gilles Jacob: One day in Manoel de Oliveira’s life (9’). The director will then be presented with a Palme d’or for his life achievement. The event will end with the screening of his first film, Labor on the Douro River (18’).The Portuguese director will attend the event with his wife and his grandson, Ricardo Trépa. They will be surrounded by Ms. Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, Mr. Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, the European Ministers of Culture, Mr. Joao Bénard Da Costa, Director of the Portuguese Film Library and Michel Piccoli and his wife.

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