The Strange Case of Angelica (image 1)

The meaning of the story is the pleasure of the tale... its narrative advanced with the expertise of a chess master pushing his pawns.

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

The Strange Case of Angelica 2010

O estranho caso de Angélica

Directed by Manoel de Oliveira

At 101 Manoel de Oliveira, the world’s oldest filmmaker, mixes up antique formality and the high visual style of the pre-sound era to rich and strange effect in a surreal tale of perverse love.

Brazil / France / Portugal / Spain In Portuguese with English subtitles
95 minutes Colour and B&W

Director, Screenplay

Producer

François d’Artemare
,
Maria João Mayer
,
Luís Miñarro
,
Renata de Almeida
,
Leon Cakoff

Photography

Sabine Lancelin

Editor

Valérie Loiseleux

With

Ricardo Trêpa (Isaac)
,
Pilar López de Ayala (Angelica)
,
Leonor Silveira (mother)
,
Luís Miguel Cintra (engineer)
,
Ana Maria Magalhães (Clementina)
,
Isabel Ruth (servant)

Festivals

Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2010

Elsewhere

Cinema’s centenarian mixes up antique formality and the high visual style of the pre-sound era to rich and strange effect in a surreal tale of perverse love (which he began working on in the 1950s).

The Strange Case of Angelica is a gift from a filmmaker who, at 101 years old, is nearly as old as cinema itself. Ricardo Trêpa stars as Isaac, a photographer and young romantic who one rainy night is summoned to an estate to immortalize a beautiful bride who has suddenly, enigmatically, died. While taking the woman’s picture, something happens – magical, mystical, miraculous – that sends Isaac soaring into the heavens and into deepest despair: he falls in love with the dead woman. Using a Chopin sonata that might have accompanied a silent film, as well as modest special effects, Mr Oliveira at once looks back to the past, even as his characters meditate on the current economic crisis. I can’t wait to see it again.” — Manohla Dargis, NY Times