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The Cinema Guild Orders More Manoel de Oliveira

The Cinema Guild have put in an order for more Manoel de Oliveira – the 100 plus year old director just preemed The Strange Case of Angelica – an Un Certain Regard Cannes entry last May which received better reviews from Cannes critics than I had anticipated. Currently putting out the Portuguese filmmaker’s Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl in a short release with a DVD release coming out in September, Cinema Guild would cap off the year with his latest film – that I imagine will play at TIFF this Fall.

The Cinema Guild have put in an order for more Manoel de Oliveira – the 100 plus year old director just preemed The Strange Case of Angelica – an Un Certain Regard Cannes entry last May which received better reviews from Cannes critics than I had anticipated. Currently putting out the Portuguese filmmaker’s Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl in a short release with a DVD release coming out in September, Cinema Guild would cap off the year with his latest film – that I imagine will play at TIFF this Fall.

Set in the 1950s, Isaac is a young photographer living in a boarding house in Régua. In the middle of the night, he receives an urgent call from a wealthy family to come and take the last photograph of their daughter, Angelica, who died just a few days after her wedding. Arriving at the house of mourning, Isaac gets his first glimpse of Angelica and is overwhelmed by her beauty. As soon as he looks at her through the lens of his camera, the young woman appears to come back to life just for him. Isaac instantly falls in love with her. From that moment on, Angélica will haunt him night and day, until exhaustion.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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