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November 13 - November 19, 2020


(Dir. Manoel de Oliveira, 1981)

New 4K restoration!







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From November 13-19, Francisca will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Grasshopper Film. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

Based on Agustina Bessa-Luís’ acclaimed novel, itself inspired by a true  story that occurred in the 19th century, Manoel de Oliveira’s Francisca recounts the life of a young man, a son of an English officer, who lets  himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.  With its gorgeous cinematography, gloomy interiors, and show-stopping  gala set-pieces, Francisca is one of the legendary director’s crowning achievements.

A masterpiece.

- J. Hoberman, The New York Reveiw of Books


Represents one of the most complete expressions of [Oliveira's] eight decade career.

- Michael J. Anderson, Tativille


The first example of 'a cinematographic reading of literature' or, as what Oliveira has called, a 'visual word,' lies in Francisca.

- João Bénard da Costa, Cinemateca Portuguesa

A  masterpiece of modern cinema. A story of great subtlety, density, and  emotional impact. It is as if Jean-Marie Straub has collaborated with  Max Ophuls.

- Dave Kehr, When Movies Mattered

Rich,  beautifully composed images. Based on the romantic novel of a triangular  relationship, Oliveira’s aim is to create a synthesis of literary,  musical and pictorial elements.

- Ronald Bergen, The Guardian

(Available to download after screening date)

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