Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #120. Manoel De Oliveira’s The Church of the Devil

The Church of the Devi

The Church of the Devil

Director: Manoel De Oliveira
Writers: Manoel De Oliveira, Machado De Assis (short stories)
Producers: O Som a a Furia’s Luis Urbano and Sandro Aguilar
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Lima Duarte

Portuguese director Manoel De Oliveira is the world’s oldest living filmmaker, and the past several years has seen the filmmaker engaging in an incredible amount of output, his last title being 2012′s Gebo and the Shadow, which has yet to see a US release. While his past several titles have been set in Portugal or France, he moves to Brazil with this latest, based on short stories of Machado De Assis, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of Brazilian literature. Needless to say, a glance at the vague description provided has us hooked.

Gist: Three connected stories set in Brazil following a visit of devil to earth, a case of adultery and the delusions of an ornithologist.

Release Date: If it’s ready in time, Cannes. Otherwise look for another Venice and Toronto doubleplay.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for IONCINEMA.com, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)