“The late, great Manoel de Oliveira stipulated that this film – made in 1982 – be screened only after his death. One of the Portuguese master’s most exquisite and moving films, and certainly his most personal, it assumes the rare form of an auto-elegy. The camera finds Oliveira, who died at 106 this past April, in the Porto house where he had lived for four decades and that he is preparing to leave due to mounting debts. He addresses the audience directly, setting the film’s convivial tone, and discusses a wide range of topics (family history, cinema, architecture), shares home movies, and reenacts his run-in with the military dictatorship. Oliveira made the film at age 73, presumably expecting he was near the end of his life. He would in fact live another 33 years and make another 25 or so films, some of them among his greatest.” (New York Film Festival)
Associated with “Acto da primavera” (4 March - 17 May, Cinematek, Brussels), a unique selection of films by Manoel de Oliveira, Paulo Rocha, António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro. A collaboration between Cinematek, Cinemateca Portuguesa, the Embassy of Portugal in Belgium, Instituto Camões, Sabzian and Courtisane.