< BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) -- Centenarian filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira — whose feature, O ESTRANHO CASO DE ANGÉLICA|THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA opens the 34th São Paulo International Film Festival — will not attend its opening night screening.
On advice from his physician, the 102-year-old Portuguese director has postponed his visit to São Paulo, Brazil, for eight days while he recuperates from the replacement of a cardiac pacemaker, according to Folha.com. A spokesman for the festival says that the director “likes the São Paulo festival, and he promises to come before it closes” on 2010 November 4.
Having written and directed eleven features and seven short films in the last ten years, Manoel de Oliveira is the not only the oldest active filmmaker in the world, he is also one of the more active of any filmmakers working today. Born in Portugal in 1908, he made his first film, a documentary, in 1931; his first feature in 1942. The Alternative Film Guide offers summaries of films which had been screened in a retrospective of his work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Although hardly known in the United States, de Oliveira is an international director of the first rank, whose reputation is secure among filmmakers and audiences worldwide. Read Randall Johnson’s appreciation of his career in Senses of Cinema.
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