Veteran Portuguese film maker Manoel De Oliveira will celebrate his 100th birthday on December 12 by shooting a new film, Singularidades De Uma Rapariga Loira, in his home country.

Based on a 19th century short story by Jose Maria Eca De Queiros, Singularidades will star Ricardo Trepa as a young man who's life is completely transformed when he falls hopelessly in love with a mysterious blonde girl. Filmes Lusomundo is producing and distributing the film in Portugal.

De Oliveira has already written the script and is planning to shoot in Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. He has also assured that one of his sons would take over filming if required. The director hopes to have the film ready for next year's Berlin film festival.