Manoel de Oliveira is a Portuguese director, born on 11.12.1908 in Porto, where he died on 02.04.2015. He shot films to the end of his life, becoming the first centennial director of all the history of cinema. A19-yeasr-old he attended the School of Reno Lupo and turned as an actor in several films.
In 1929 he has his first camera, donated by his father with which he directed his first film "Douro river faina" a silent short documentary that connects the Douro river and marine life; in this film, we already see, among Oliveira the soul of a realistic poet.
His first feature film, Aniki-Bóbó in 1942, telling the daily life children in the popular neighborhoods Porto announced his leaning for Italian neorealism.
By the late seventies, the rhythm of his direction became more regular.
He has more than sixty films to his credit, often romantic or impossible love type.
Manoel de Oliveira receives at the Cannes Festival in 2008, the year of his 100th birthday, his first Golden Palm for his lifetime achievement. The Palme was handed over by his friend Michel Piccoli. Moved by this distinction, he said: "I greatly appreciate it this way because I do not like competition, that is to say to win against my colleagues; it's a nice way to receive an award."
He is the only director to have started his career in the silent film era.
In 2014, two days before his 106 years, Manoel de Oliveira receives the insignia of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour in Porto.