PRECARIETÀ A TEMPO INDETERMINATO | INSECURITY INDEFINITELY a short movie directed by Accursio Graffeo adapted from a novel by Ferdinando Morabito

Poster for PRECARIETÀ A TEMPO INDETERMINATO | INSECURITY INDEFINITELY short movie by Accursio Graffeo

More Information icon BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — PRECARIETÀ A TEMPO INDETERMINATO | INSECURITY INDEFINITELY is a short movie by Italian director Accursio Graffeo, based on a novel by Ferdinand Morabito.

According to a July 2012 interview with the novelist, the movie will have its première in Rome in September 2012.

“The idea is to create a series of 10 short films related to the characters of the book. In fact, the first short film is complete in itself, but leaves the story open,” author Morabito told interviewer Elisa di Battista.

According to the interview, the movie is based on the first episode of the book, and is set in a house party among a group of young persons in their twenties and thirties.

The total production budget was €1,500. The images were recorded on a Canon C-300 videocam.

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

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BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — Here is the trailer — in French, with Portuguese subtitles — for GEBO ET L’OMBRE | O GEBO E A SOMBRA | 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 will be screened as part of the 69th Venice Film Festival, before its releases in France 2012 September 19, and in Portugal, September 27. The 91-minute feature was filmed entirely on studio sets in Paris in autumn 2011. It was produced by O Som e a Fúria (Portugal), co-produced by MACT Productions (France).

• Read the review of the film by Boyd van Hoeij.

The indefatigable filmmaker — at age 103, Manoel de Oliveira is the oldest working director in the world — is currently preparing his sixtieth film, A IGREJA DO DIABO | THE CHURCH OF THE DEVIL.

The story

Still from GEBO AND THE SHADOW: Oliveira and Cardinale

The screenplay by Manoel de Oliveira is an adaptation of a play, O Gebo e a Sombra | “The Hunchback and the Shadow,” by Raul Brandão.

Despite age and infirmity, Gebo continues his profession as an accountant, in order to feed his family. He lives with his wife, Dorothea, and their daughter-in-law, Sophie; but it is the absence of their son, John, that preoccupies them. Gebo seems to hide something about this, particularly from Dorothea, who lives in passionate expectation of the return of their child. For her part, Sophie awaits the return of her husband with apprehension. When John returns suddenly, everything changes.

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Manoel de Oliveira’s late-blooming career

Manoel de Oliveira began working in films in the 1920s. Although he directed his first film, a documentary, in 1931, his career didn’t take off until the 1970s (the end of Portugal’s 44-year Estado Novo dictatorship in 1974 may have contributed to this development). The majority of his fifty-nine films have been made since his seventy-fifth birthday. Since his hundredth birthday in 2008, Manoel de Oliveira has completed seven films.

His work has been celebrated at film festivals around the world, including Cannes and Venice.

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

BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — The life and times of Alice Guy-Blaché, the first woman filmmaker, will be the subject of a presentation by Soumyaa Kapil Behrens, of 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 [Event details].

Alice Guy

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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.

After she returned to France in 1922 she never made another film, although she continued to lecture about films, and to write novels based on her films. Her achievements were mostly forgotten, although in 1953 France created her a member of its Légion d’Honneur; and in 1957, the Cinémathèque Française honored her. The publication of her memoirs in 1976 retrieved her reputation as one of the pioneers of the cinema.

In 2003, Alison McMahan published Alice Guy-Blache: Lost Visionary of the Cinema.

The filmmaker’s work was the subject of a 2010 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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Soumyaa Kapil Behrens

Soumyaa Kapil BehrensSoumyaa Kapil Behrens is a social-justice filmmaker in San Francisco. She directed CLIMATE CHANGE and MY GARBAGE, MY NEIGHBORHOOD; and produced a feature, BEYOND REDEMPTION. She is completing a documentary feature about ethnic diversity in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. She is a director of Bay Area Women In Film and Media [@BAWIFM], and a curator at Oddball Film + Video Archive.

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

★ This story is an update. For a complete account, read Filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 103, will leave hospital Friday which was published Thursday, July 19, 2012.

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PORTO, PORTUGAL (JORNAL DE NOTÍCIAS) — Filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 103, left the Centre Hospitalier Gaia/Espinho early Friday afternoon, July 20, 2012, accompanied by family. He had been hospitalized for a week for treatment of a respiratory infection and congestive heart failure.

The Portuguese director, who left in a wheelchair, said he was “feeling good,” and was “anxious to get back to work.” The oldest working filmmaker in the world, de Oliveira had been preparing his sixtieth film, A IGREJA DO DIABO | THE CHURCH OF THE DEVIL, before he was hospitalized last Friday. His latest feature, GEBO ET L’OMBRE | GEBO AND THE SHADOW, was completed in 2011, and will be released later this year. His first film was released in 1931.

“Manoel de Oliveira has recovered well,” and leaves the hospital “without any sign of infection,” remarked the director of the clinic’s Cardiology unit, Vasco da Gama Ribeiro. “The treatment went well. He is clinically stable. Now is the time for him to recover at home. He doesn’t have to have any special care, beyond what is normal for a person of 103 years; along with some physical therapy,” explained the doctor.

[Source for this story: Jornal de Notícias, translated and edited by Austin Burbridge]

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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!”

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BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — The world’s oldest working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, will be discharged from the Centre Hospitalier Gaia/Espinho in Porto, Portugal, on Friday afternoon, July 20, 2012, according to a spokesman for the hospital. He will return home, where — on doctor’s orders — he will rest, and take physical therapy to recuperate from the immobility of hospitalization.

Update 2012 July 20 Friday 17:30 UTC: Filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 103, has left the hospital, “anxious to get back to work.”

“Too much to do”

On the previous Friday, July 13, he had been admitted to the clinic’s Cardiology Intensive Care Unit for treatment of “congestive heart failure in the context of respiratory infection.” The movie maker remarked that he planned to leave the clinic, because he had “too much to do.”

Monday, after his condition had improved, he was moved to the Cardiology Intermediate Care Unit. The cardiologist Vasco da Gama Ribeiro, a friend, reported that the director was already sitting up, and eating unassisted; and that he asked when he could leave the clinic in order to “return to filming.”

The 103-year-old Portuguese director had been preparing his sixtieth feature, A IGREJA DO DIABO | THE CHURCH OF THE DEVIL.

Reactions on Twitter

Lusophone Twitter users — tickled by the spectacle of this indefatigable artist — have been circulating jokes:

  • @caoazul: “A nurse spotted a thick book on his bedside table. ‘Is that your Bible?’ she asked. ‘No — that’s my vaccination record.’”
  • @jyooruje: “Nelson Mandela is 94 years old today. Manoel de Oliveira remembers him when he was in diapers.”
  • @JoseDePina: “Manoel de Oliveira called Nelson Mandela: ‘Congratulations, kid!’”
  • @Old_Mans_Beard: “Which came first — the egg? or Manoel de Oliveira?”
  • @ViggySimmons: “He’s 103 years old and he’s leaving the hospital tomorrow. — Is it a bird? — Is it a plane? No — It’s Manoel de Oliveira!

A late-blooming career

Since his hundredth birthday in 2008, Manoel de Oliveira has completed seven films. His latest feature, GEBO ET L’OMBRE | GEBO AND THE SHADOW, completed in 2011, stars Michael Lonsdale, Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale, Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa, and Luís Miguel Cintra.

In the twenty-first century, de Oliveira has presented European cinema with a veritable parure of brilliant-cut gems: In 2006, Michel Piccoli and Bulle Ogier starred in BELLE TOUJOURS, de Oliveira’s meditative sequel to Luis Buñuel’s BELLE DE JOUR. In 2003, Catherine Deneuve, Irene Papas, Stefania Sandrelli, Leonor Silveira, and John Malkovitch starred in UM FILME FALADO | A TALKING PICURE. His 2001 film, VOU PARA CASA | I’M GOING HOME, which stars Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, and John Malkovitch, received wide distribution and good notices in the United States.

He began working in films in the 1920s. Although he directed his first film, a documentary, in 1931, his career didn’t take off until the 1970s (the end of Portugal’s 44-year Estado Novo dictatorship in 1974 may have contributed to this development). The majority of his fifty-nine films have been made since his seventy-fifth birthday. His work has been celebrated at film festivals around the world, including Cannes and Venice.

[Sources for this story — The Jornal de Noticías (Porto) and Diário de Noticías (Funchal) — were translated and edited by Austin Burbridge.]

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

★ For a complete account, read the update: Filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 103, will leave hospital Friday which was published Thursday, July 19, 2012.

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PORTO, PORTUGAL (DNOTICIAS.PT) — Director Manoel de Oliveira is in hospital with a respiratory infection. He was transferred to the Centre Hospitalier Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho, near his home in Porto, Portugal, late in the afternoon of 2012 July 13 Friday, two days after having been admitted to a hospital emergency room for shortness of breath. According to a hospital official, the symptoms of severe respiratory distress have been treated with drugs, and his condition is now stable, but serious.

At age 103, the Portuguese director is the oldest working filmmaker in the world. Since his hundredth birthday in 2008, he has completed seven films. Since 1931, he has directed 59 films. His latest feature, GEBO ET L’OMBRE | GEBO AND THE SHADOW, completed in 2011, stars Michael Lonsdale, Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale, Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa and Luís Miguel Cintra. In the United States, he is probably best-known for his 2001 film, VOU PARA CASA | I’M GOING HOME, which starred Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, and John Malkovitch, and was distributed in art houses across the nation.

The patient is “more at risk than would be a young man with the same condition,” according to the hospital’s director of cardiology, Vasco da Gama, “but that doesn’t necessarily mean a fatal outcome.” In view of the patient’s age and a medical history that includes two stents and a pacemaker, “some caution is necessary,” he remarked, adding that cardiac shock has been administered to improve the heart’s status.

Da Gama, a friend, expects him to be up and around within a week. The director, who is preparing his next feature, A IGREJA DO DIABO | THE CHURCH OF THE DEVIL, confided that he intends to leave the hospital, because he has “too much to do.”

[Source for this story: Manoel de Oliveira “estável” embora com “prognóstico reservado a médio prazo”, translated and edited by Austin Burbridge.]

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Manoel de Oliveira talks about God and art in Wim Wender’s 1994 movie, LISBON STORY

Video: Masterclass com Manoel de Oliveira (in Portuguese) from Multiplex 2012 on Vimeo.

2010 — Manoel de Oliveira postpones visit to São Paulo Film Festival

Marija Škaričić, star of FRAULEIN, receives Shooting Stars Award at Berlinale

marija_skarichich_headshot.jpg BERLIN (CINEMA MINIMA TWITTER) — @Film_Movement reports that Marija Škaričić has received a 2011 Shooting Stars Award at the Berlinale.

The Croatian actress is the lead in Swiss director Andrea Staka’s feature, FRAULEIN. The film is distributed in the United States by Film Movement.

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European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars project is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and ten participating member organizations; and partners including Studio Babelsberg.