Ridley Scott, the 72-year-old director of “Robin Hood,” was prevented by his recent knee surgery from making it to the Cannes Film Festival’s festival’s opening night bash Wednesday after the red carpet premiere, but 102-year-old Portuguese director Manoel De Oliveira turned up, circulating among the black-tie first-nighters after just having had an audience with Pope Benedict at the Vatican earlier in the day.
Surely De Oliveira, who made his first film 80 years ago and has a new one, “The Strange Case of Anjelica,” debuting today in Un Certain Regard, is the first filmmaker to have combined meetings with the Pope and Gilles Jacob in the same day. De Oliveira, who was accompanied by his spry wife, grandson (an actor in the new film) and cousin, is a bit hard of hearing and carries a cane but doesn’t look a day over 87 as he continues his recent pace of making a new film just about ever year.
Pictured: Manoel De Oliveira today at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE