The House of Cinema Manoel de Oliveira, long-awaited project inserted in the Serralves Foundation in Oporto, will open doors in the first semester with António Preto as director, announced the institution today.
In a presentation of the plan of activities for 2019 at the Serralves Museum, which marks 20 years, the president of the board of directors of the foundation, Ana Pinho, revealed that Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira, with a project by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, “is one of the great landmarks that will happen in Serralves in 2019 “, reinforcing cinema as a valence of that entity.
According to the programming distributed today, the Casa do Cinema is scheduled to open in April with two exhibitions dedicated to Manoel de Oliveira: “the permanent exhibition exposes a comprehensive path through the work of the director”, while the first temporary exhibition “concentrate – in the many – and very diverse – representations of the space of the house in the cinema of Manoel de Oliveira “.
The permanent exhibition will be completed “with a permanent schedule of Manoel de Oliveira’s work”, as explained by the director of the Casa do Cinema, who stressed the need to expose the director’s work to foreign audiences who visit Serralves. movies of Oliveira subtitled in English.
“The permanent exhibition has a very strong technological component,” said António Preto, who noted the challenges posed by the exhibition of cinema in an exhibition context.
According to António Preto, Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira will have a cinema, several exhibition rooms and other spaces dedicated to the educational service, as well as having conferences and own editions such as a bilingual raisonné (Portuguese and English) to be published in collaboration with Cinemateca Portuguesa.
Between September and December, the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira will host the first exhibition of the director Eugène Green’s career, “accompanied by a selection of films that were outstanding in his journey as a filmmaker and for an integral retrospective of his work”, and as by unpublished works created specifically for Serralves.
António Preto emphasized that “special attention will be paid to animated films”, so that Regina Pessoa’s films – including the absolute debut of his latest work – and Hungarian Reka Bucsi are already scheduled.
“It will be an entire infrastructure dedicated to the cinema, it will be a new era for that in Serralves”, declared Ana Pinho.
In May 2016, the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructures announced the approval of the application for community funds from the Serralves Foundation for the project, which represented an investment of 3.7 million euros.
In April 2015, at the time of the filmmaker’s death, the then President of the Serralves Foundation, Luís Braga da Cruz, ensured that the installation of Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira in the park depended only on community funds and the opening of the applications for the operational program regional North 2020.
Months earlier, in January of that year, the former director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Suzanne Cotter, said in an interview they were already in possession of the archive and to make their inventory.
In November 2013, the Serralves Foundation, the then Secretary of State for Culture and the director Manoel de Oliveira signed a protocol for the construction of the Manoel de Oliveira Cinema House.
The Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira died on April 2, 2015, at the age of 106.