Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira died on Thursday at the age of 106, producer Luis Urbano said, quoting family sources.

The filmmaker made more than 50 films, including features and documentaries, over the course of a career that began in 1931.

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Oliveira was reportedly the only filmmaker whose career ran from the silent era well into the digital age.

In 2008, he was awarded the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes for his life-long contribution to cinema, as well as the French Legion of Honour.

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Portuguese actor and director Maria de Meideiros once described him as a “genius who represented the creative freedom of cinema”.

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Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes film festival until last year, said the man was a “legend and a mystery”.


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