Trailer for Manoel de Oliveira’s latest film, GEBO ET L’OMBRE | GEBO AND THE SHADOW

Trailer for GEBO ET L’OMBRE | GEBO AND THE SHADOW, starring Michael Lonsdale, Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau, Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Silveira, and Luís Miguel Cintra. This fifty-ninth film by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, 103, will be screened as part of the 2012 Venice Film Festival, before opening in cinemas in France September 19. The film was completed in 2011. The indefatigable filmmaker — at age 103, the oldest working director in the world — is currently preparing his sixtieth film.

The first woman filmmaker: The life and times of Alice Guy-Blaché, in San Francisco 2012 August 30

Alice Guy 1873☩1968 directed more than 400 films — of which 22 were features — from 1896 to 1920. She had been working as a secretary for the Gaumont Company in France, when, in 1896, she made her first film, LA FÉE AUX CHOUX | THE CABBAGE FAIRY, considered the first fiction film. She was Gaumont’s head of production from 1896 to 1906, supervising over 700 productions, many of which she also wrote, directed, and produced. In 1910, with her husband, Herbert Blaché, she formed the Solax Company in Flushing, New York, and Fort Lee, New Jersey — at the time, the largest movie studio in America.

The life and times of Alice Guy-Blaché, the first woman filmmaker, will be the subject of a presentation by Soumyaa Kapil Behrens of San Francisco Bay Area Women In Film and Media. Clips from Alice Guy-Blaché’s films will be shown, along with excerpts from TV interviews with the filmmaker and with film historians, reminiscences by members of her family, and photographs. The event will be free of charge and open to the public. It will take place 2012 August 30 Thursday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library at 100 Larkin Street.

Filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 103, has left the hospital, “anxious to get back to work”

The world’s oldest working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, left the hospital Friday afternoon, reports the Jornal de Notícias. The 103-year-old director of BELLE TOUJOURS, I’M GOING HOME, and A TALKING PICTURE said he was feeling good, and was anxious to return to work. He had been treated for heart trouble and a respiratory infection. His doctor said that he has recovered well and that there is no trace remaining of the infection. He will return to his home in Porto, Portugal, to rest and recuperate.

Filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 103, will leave hospital Friday, July 20, 2012

“He’s a hundred and three years old and he’s leaving the hospital tomorrow. — Is it a bird? — Is it a plane? — No, it’s Manoel de Oliveira!” The world’s oldest working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, will leave the hospital on Friday, July 20, 2012. He had been treated for a respiratory infection. The 103-year-old Portuguese director — who had been preparing his sixtieth film — will go home for doctor-ordered rest and physical therapy. He says he has “too much to do,” and wants to “return to filming.”

World’s oldest working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, 103, in hospital

Filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira was admitted to a hospital near his home in Porto, Portugal, on Friday July 13 2012, showing signs of severe respiratory distress. His condition is stable, but serious. The 103-year-old director has completed seven films in the last four years, and is preparing his latest feature, A IGREJA DO DIABO | THE CHURCH OF THE DEVIL.