What better way for the grand old man of cinema to celebrate his 100th birthday than by shooting his latest film.
Honoured for his lifetime achievements in Cannes this year, Portugal’s Manoel de Oliveira is hard at work today doing what he does best. It all started back in 1931 with a silent documentary about life on the Douro River in the director’s hometown of Porto. Athletic pursuits were a major interest for a young man who started out wanting to be an actor. But it was behind the camera that de Oliveira was to make his mark. In 1942, he completed his acclaimed neo-realist “Aniki-Bobo”, portraying the life of Porto’s street children. Still going strong 66 years later, the veteran film-maker told EuroNews that he sees cinema as a reflection and a record of life. Oliviera was actually born on December 11, 1908. But he marks his birth in line with its official registration the day after – hence today’s celebrations. So, to the world’s oldest living, working director, “Happy birthday!” – or “Parabens!” in Portuguese.