The first original screenplay for The Strange Case of Angelica, a long term project started in the fifties and left unfinished until 2010.
Conceived in 1952, Angelica is one of several ambitious projects which could have never been made because of the strict censorship of the Salazar regime in power at the time in Portugal. Forty years later, Oliveira has decided to bring out the previously unpublished screenplay of a film he would finally make in 2010. Based on a mysterious dialogue between a young dead woman and a photographer hurriedly called in to capture the beauty of the features of a face about to disappear forever, the work provides a fascinating introduction to the universe of one of the century's most important filmmakers. With photographs from the location scouting back in 1952.
Manoel de Oliveira's (Porto, 1908-2015) oeuvre is one of the most original chapters in the history of cinema. His work has received universal recognition as demonstrated by the host of awards from film festivals and academies worldwide. Amor de Perdição (1978), Francisca (1981), O sapato de cetim (1985), Non, ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990), Vale Abraão (1993) are some of his greatest accomplishments.