• Manoel de Oliveira
  • Portugal
  • 1940, 24 min
Script: Manoel de Oliveira
Photography: António Mendes
Editing: Manoel de Oliveira
Sound: Francisco A. Quintela
Music: Jaime Silva (Filho)
Color: Black and white
Language: Portuguese

Famalicăo is one of the documentaries that Oliveira filmed during the first decade of his creative career. These were commissioned films, and sometimes it was friends who invited him to make films. _ Famalicăo is the railway centre in the north of the country, where buttons and clocks are made. The film wanders through the town's picturesque streets, and images of the church and hospital alternate with the grape harvest festivities. The memorial home of the writer Camilo Castelo Branco is also located in the town. _ In this film the director attempts to understand this nineteenth-century writer. The house is shot as an enclosed universe permeated by an obsession with madness and death. _ This Romantic novelist played an important role in Oliveira's works, and his book, Amor de Perdiçăo, was the basis for a film of the same name (1979), and the film O Dia do Desespero (1992) takes places entirely within the writer's museum. It features the same scene as that in the documentary: the chair in which Camilo killed himself rocking empty. _ Oliveira maintains a distance from obsession through the subtle irony he uses to create an image of the town. One of the opening scenes, in which a horse-drawn cart stops at a gas station, brings together elements that run through all of Oliveira's work: the tension between the modern age and a conservative tradition.

Photo Gallery

Festival edition: 2006
Sections: Manoel de Oliveira
Exhibition format: 35 mm
Subtitle languages: French


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory