05 Apr 2015

RIP Manoel de Oliveira

Over eight decades he constantly re-invented himself and renewed his cinematic energy, the great Manoel de Oliveira was almost as old as cinema itself. I had the privilege of seeing him at Cannes Film Festival in 2010, where he delivered passionate speeches and warmly engaged the audience during the premiere of his masterpiece The Strange Case of Angelica. At one point Claire Denis wanted to help him down from a small staircase but Manoel promptly raised his walking stick, to express his refusal for any assistance, and almost jumped from the steps. Everyone laughed and applauded him. He left us the legacy of a lifetime in Cinema and he will live forever in his magnificent films.