Monday, May 19, 2008

Cannes Tribute

This post is dedicated to a dearest friend and to the body of work of this extraordinary director.

Tribute to Manoel de Oliveira

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.

On the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, in the 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 lifetime 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. Other guests will be 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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