De Oliveira’s Aniki Bóbó re-released
by Vitor Pinto
Manoel de Oliveira’s feature debut Aniki Bóbó will get theatrical redistribution this week in the cities of Lisbon and Porto, 68 years after its premiere in 1942. The re-release comes a few days before de Oliveira’s 102nd birthday on December 11.
Locally, Aniki Bóbó is still considered the most emblematic of de Oliveira’s films – despite the international recognition given his prolific body of work of the past 30 years.
The neorealist film depicts the adventures of three children from Porto’s Ribeira neighbourhood. One of them decides to steal a doll for the little girl with whom he is in love.
Distributor Zon Lusomundo is double billing the documentary short Douro, faina fluvial before Aniki Bóbó. Douro marked Oliveira’s very first steps as a filmmaker in 1929 and was first released in 1931.
As de Oliveira’s debut feature makes it back to screens, his latest film, The Strange Case of Angélica [+see also:
film profile], seen in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last May, is not scheduled for release until 2011. In the meantime, the filmmaker is working on a new project with producer Luís Urbano from Lisbon-based outfit O Som e a Fúria (Our Beloved Month of August [+see also:
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