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Cinema Guild Likes "Blonde-Haired Girl"

A scene from Manoel de Oliveira's "Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl." Image courtesy of The Cinema Guild.

The Cinema Guild has announced the acquisition of U.S. Home Video, Internet and Cable VOD rights to "Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl," the latest film - completed in his 100th year - from the Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution for The Cinema Guild with Yoann Ubermulhin for Pyramide International.

"With 'Eccentricities,' Oliveira has crafted yet another masterful, beguiling work. We are pleased to make this film available to US audiences through our partners in the digital/VOD realm and our own home video label," said Ryan Krivoshey in a statement.

The film will be screening on 35mm at various venues across the United States this summer as part of a tour organized by Anthology Film Archives in New York City. The tour will be followed by the DVD/VOD release via The Cinema Guild.

The film as described by The Cinema Guild:

"Macario spends an entire train journey to the Algarve talking to a woman he does not know about the trials and tribulations of his love life: straight after starting his first job as a book keeper at his uncle Francisco's warehouse in Lisbon he falls madly in love with a young blonde, who lives across the road. No sooner does he meet her than he straightaway wants to marry her. His uncle, totally opposed to the match, fires him and kicks him out of the house. Undaunted, Macario decides he must do whatever he can to be with his one true love."

"Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl" premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. It was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival and The New York Film Festival.

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