Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Historic Centre (Centro histórico)

  • Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, Manoel de Oliveira /
  • Portugal /
  • 2012 /
  • 96 mins

Ilkka Koivula, Ventura, António Santos, Manuel ‘Tito’ Furtado, Valdemar Santos, Amândio Martins, Henriqueta Oliveira, Ricardo Trêpa / Fiction / Portuguese

Different views of a Portuguese historical centre, by four masters of European cinema.

Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, Manoel de Oliveira

Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki's films include Ariel (1988), I Hired a Contract Killer (1990), La vie de Bohéme (1992), Mies Vailla Menneisyyttä / The Man Without a Past (2002) and Le Havre (2011) Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa's films include O Sangue/Blood (1989), Ossos (1997), No Quarto da Vanda/In Vanda’s Room (2000), Juventude em Marcha/Colossal Youth (2006) and Ne Change Rien (2009). Spanish filmmaker Victor Erice's films include En la Terraza / On the Terrace (1961), El Spiritu de la Colmea / The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), El Sur / South (1988), El Sol del Membrillo / Dream of Light (1992) and Ten Minutes Older – The Trumpet (segment Lifeline) (2002). Veteran Portuguese filmmaker (105 years-old this year) Manoel de Oliveira's films include Douro, Fauna Fluvial (short) (1931), Benilde ou a Virgem Mãe / Benilde or the Virgin Mother (1975), Non ou Vã Glória de Mandar / Non or the Vainglory of Command (1990), Vale Abraão (1993) and O Gebo e a Sombra / Gebo et l’Ombre (2012).

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