The Green Years

Paulo Rocha / 1963 / 89 minutes

THE GREEN YEARS OPENS 8/7 IN OUR VIRTUAL CINEMA! Watch the film via your local theater’s logo on the right and half of the box office will be shared with this theater. More venues added soon.

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, 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.

New digital restoration by Pedro Costa.

  • "The first film of a new generation. Striking in its context and its mastery of filmmaking."

    — Manoel de Oliveira
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