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The Green Years

August 7 - August 13, 2020

The Green Years

(Dir. Paulo Rocha, 1963)

New digital restoration supervised by Pedro Costa!







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From August 7-13, The Green Years will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Grasshopper Film. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

Nineteen-year-old  Julio heads to Lisbon from the provinces and gets a job as a shoemaker  for his uncle Raul. But when he meets Ilda, a confident young housemaid  who becomes a regular shop visitor, his working-class values collide  with the bourgeois trappings of modern life. Never before released in  the U.S., Rocha’s debut film, gloriously shot in black and white, is an  extraordinary and haunting coming-of-age film. Winner of Best First Film  at the 1964 Locarno Film Festival.

A groundbreaking film.

- Alexandra Gandra, Taste of Cinema

The founding mark of the so-called New Portuguese Cinema.

- Paulo Granja, Paulo Rocha's Os Verde Anos and the New Portuguese Cinema

Paulo Rocha’s films are among the most beautiful, exquisite and generous gifts of the Portuguese cinema.

- Boris Nelepo, MUBI Notebook

The  first film of a new generation. Striking in its context and rich in the  modernity of its processes, its content, and its mastery of filmmaking.  The Green Years has revealed the very particular genius of this new director.

- Manoel de Oliveira

I watched [The Green Years]  on television...because of my parents’ influence—especially my  father’s—and from the film I obviously remembered Isabel Ruth, who I  consider a type of Portuguese Anna Karina, the most beautiful girl in  Portuguese cinema.

- Pedro Costa, Cinema Comparat/ive Cinema

(Available to download after screening date)

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