Fados (film)

Fados is a 2007 Portuguese film directed by Carlos Saura. The film, a fusion of cinema, song, dance and instrumental numbers, explores Portugal's most emblematic musical genre, fado, and its spirit of saudade (melancholy).

Fados
Directed byCarlos Saura
Produced byIvan Dias
Luis Galvao Teles
Antonio Saura
Leslie Calvo
Written byCarlos Saura
Ivan Dias
StarringMariza
Camane
Carlos Do Carmo
Cuca Roseta
Catarina Moura
Lila Downs
Music byCarlos do Carmo
CinematographyJose Luis Lopez-Linares
Eduardo Serra
Edited byJulia Juaniz
Production
company
Fado Filmes
Duvideo
Zebra Producciones
Ventas Internacionales
Latido Films
Distributed byZeitgeist Films
Release date
  • 6 September 2007 (2007-09-06) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • 4 October 2007 (2007-10-04) (Portugal)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryPortugal
LanguagePortuguese

Using Lisbon as its iconic backdrop, the film explores the intricate relationship between the music and the city, and Fado's evolution over the years from its African and Brazilian origins up to the new wave of modern Fadistas.

Under the musical supervision of Carlos do Carmo, Fados completed Saura's musical trilogy form with Flamenco (1995) and Tango (1998). Saura deploys mirrors, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colors to frame each song.

Fados contains homages to Maria Severa, Alfredo Marceneiro, and Amália Rodrigues, as well as turns by modern stars like Mariza and Camané. Saura expands the songs (which traditionally involve just a singer and a guitarist) with dance and encompasses other nationalities of Portugal’s former colonies and idioms (such as hip hop, flamenco and reggae).[1]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the film includes several songs that were included in the film:

References


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