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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo and the Shadow

Gist: The Portuguese filmmaker is working in the French language once again, this one based on a play by Raul Brandão. Set in the 19th century, Gebo looks at a man who goes to great lengths to protect his fugitive son. The film will once again star de Oliveira’s grandson Ricardo Trepa, as well as big names like Michel Piccoli, Jeanne Moreau, and Claudia Cardinale. Oh yeah: by the time this film screens in Cannes, de Oliveira will be a little more than six months away from his 104th birthday.

Prediction: Manoel de Oliveira seems to have a niche cut out for himself in UCR, and Gebo, a tribute to France and the support he’s received from the country, should make an appearance in that section. However, coming off the hit that was The Strange Case of Angelica, this may very well be a year for the star treatment in Competition.

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Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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