“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!”
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.
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!’”
@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.
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.”