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Paul Vecchiali, director of Uma Vez Mais, dies at 92

French filmmaker Paul Vecchiali died today (18) at the age of 92. The news of his death was shared by one of his producers to Le Monde, but his cause was not disclosed.

Owner of a filmography full of melodramatic works and transgressions, Vecchiali never achieved the same recognition in cinema as the rest of his compatriots and contemporaries, such as Jacques Demy, Jean-Luc Godard or Agnès Varda. On the big screen, his main and best-known works were The Strangler (1970), Women, Women (1974), Requiem for a Woman (1979) and At the Top of the Stairs (1983).

However, many point out that his main work is Uma Vez Mais (1988), recognized as one of the first films to address AIDS during the 1980s.

In addition to being a director, Vecchiali produced Jeanne Dielman, a feature by Chantal Akerman, chosen in 2022 as the best film of all time by Sight & Sound magazine. He was also a contributor to the prestigious Cahiers du Cinéma, the oldest and most important cinema publication in the world.

In 2017, Vecchiali came to Brazil to receive the Leon Cakoff Lifetime Achievement Award at the 41st Sao Paulo International Film Festival – see one of his speeches at the top of the page. He is also winner of a special award at the Venice Film Festival for the film Uma Vez Mais.

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