Despite his age and general weariness, Gebo keeps on working as an accountant to provide for his family. He lives with his wife, Doroteia, and his daughter-in-law, Sofia, but it is the absence of João, son and husband, that worries them. Gebo seems to be hiding something, especially to Doroteia, who is anxiously waiting to see her son again. Sofia is also waiting for her husband to come home, and yet she fears him. All of a sudden, João arrives and everything changes.
Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira, GCSE (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐnuˈɛɫ doliˈvɐjɾɐ]; born December 11, 1908) is a Portuguese film director born in Cedofeita, Porto. He is currently the oldest active film director in the world.
Manoel de Oliveira was born in Porto, Portugal on December 11, 1908, to Francisco José de Oliveira and Cândida Ferreira Pinto. His family were wealthy industrialists.
Oliveira attended school in Galicia, Spain and his goal as a teenager was to become an actor. He enrolled in Italian film-maker Rino Lupo’s acting school at age 20, but later changed his mind when he saw Walther Ruttmann’s documentary Berlin: Symphony of a City. This prompted him to direct his first film, also a documentary, titled Douro, Faina Fluvial (1931).
He also has the distinction of having acted in the second Portuguese sound film, A Canção de Lisboa (1933).
His first feature film came much later, in 1942. Aniki-Bóbó, a portrait of Oporto’s street children… read more
A burning Jamesian masterpiece whose gaze lays bare every motion of the sensitive soul groping towards its decisive act, a metaphysical affirmation that is simultaneously a material loss. As in the Master's middle works like Spoils of Poynton or What Maisie Knew, the growth of insight is searingly painful and the reader as co-agonist shares the pain. Ah that blinding light in the end!
Play-based, shot almost entirely within the kitchen of a peasant home in the early 1900's, it's Incredibly clever in approach. Oliveira (104), the oldest living director on the planet engages many of the techniques used in theatre, honing in on the repetition of words and action in particular to create a tongue-in-cheek look at the lengths we go to protect our loved ones from the harsh truths of life. 3 stars
The last shot and words hit you like a grenade - one can't describe the depth of emotion and thought concentrated in a single freeze. Beautiful actors. And a 103 year-old genius thinking the world with a freedom and boldness of vision that unfortunately is getting more and more rare in younger directors.
Manoel de Oliveira’s new film, Gebo and the Shadow, is a work of ultimate compassion and benevolence.
Our correspondant’s last report from TIFF discusses new Oliveira, work from a HK genre master, Leviathan, and more.
More on Malick in our critics’ TIFF correspondence, which continues with Oliveira’s new film, a visceral documentary and a restored classic.
Premiering in Venice, Oliveira’s new film stars Michael Lonsdale, Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau and many Oliveira regulars.