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- Year: 2007
- Film Format: 35mm
- Origin: Portugal/Spain
- Runtime: 92 mins
- Sound Format: Dolby SRD
- Language: Portuguese
- Subtitles: English
Fados completes the musical trilogy of award-winning Carlos Saura (Flamenco, 1995; Tango, 1998). Using Lisbon as a backdrop, he explores Portugal’s most emblematic musical genre (fado) and its haunting spirit of saudade (melancholy). Tracing its African and Brazilian origins up to the new wave of modern faudistas, he ingeniously deploys mirrors, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colors to frame each song, ranging from a campfire ringed by sinuous dancers to a balletic catfight between two jealous women to a thrilling desgarrada (musical duel) in a fado café. The result is a ravishing fusion of cinema, song, dance and instrumental numbers.
Fados contains homages to such legends as Maria Severa and Amália Rodrigues, as well as stunning turns by modern stars like Mariza and Camané; but Saura also expands the songs (which traditionally involve just a singer and a guitarist) with dance and encompasses other nationalities (with a special emphasis on performers of color from Portugal’s former colonies) and idioms (such as hip hop, flamenco and reggae). This inclusive, non-purist approach conveys a grand vision of music’s power to break down boundaries: between Iberian neighbors Spain and Portugal, Old World and New, white and black, young and old, rich and poor - a celebration of fado as World Music in the fullest sense of the term. Under the musical supervision of Carlos do Carmo, Fados features one of the finest “World Music” soundtracks to date.
Carlos Saura was born in 1932 in Huesca, a province of the Aragón region of Spain. Spain’s most celebrated director’s body of work spans the last five decades with over forty films including Carmen and Tango - both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - andPeppermint Frappé, The Dark Night, Elisa Vida Mia, Cria Cuervos, Anna and the Wolves, Blood Wedding, andFlamenco, among many others selected and winning awards at major film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin. Mr. Saura was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 European Film Awards.
Mr. Saura has been exploring music and films for 25 years and is considered the undisputed master of Spanish musical cinema. He develops new concepts and explores new avenues in every movie and was one of the first directors to use retro projections, mixing live material with pre-recorded elements.
CARLOS DO CARMO
MARIA DE NAZARÉ
VICENTE DA CÂMARA
CARMO REBELO DE ANDRADE
ANA SOFIA VARELA
Directed by CARLOS SAURA
Original Idea IVAN DIAS
Producers IVAN DIAS, LUIS GALVÃO TELES, ANTONIO SAURA
Cinematography JOSÉ LUIS LÓPEZ-LINARES , EDUARDO SERRA
Editor JULIA JUANIZ
Musical Supervisor CARLOS DO CARMO
Production Design CARLOS SAURA
Choreography PATRICK DE BANA, PEDRO GOMES
Sound DANIEL BEKERMAN
Production Managers CARMEN MARTINEZ, ANTONIO GONÇALO
Executive Producers SAURA MEDRANO, FRANCOIS GONOT
A co-production of Luso-Española Rodada with Lisboa (Portugal) and Madrid (Spain)
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