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Fados -- A drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture.

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6 March 2009 (USA) See more »
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A drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture. | Add synopsis »
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Carlos Saura Bound for ‘Argentina’ (Exclusive)
 (From Variety - Film News. 21 May 2013, 6:00 AM, PDT)

Fados
 (From Scorecard Review. 29 May 2009, 12:07 AM, PDT)

400 Screens, 400 Blows - A Song and a Push
 (From Cinematical. 16 April 2009, 5:03 PM, PDT)

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Cast

 
Chico Buarque de Hollanda ... Himself
Camané ... Himself
Carlos do Carmo ... Himself

Lila Downs ... Herself
Toni Garrido ... Himself
Lura ... Herself
Alfredo Marceneiro ... Himself (archive footage)
Mariza ... Herself
Miguel Poveda ... Himself
Amália Rodrigues ... Herself (archive footage)
Argentina Santos ... Herself
Ana Sofia Varela ... Herself

Caetano Veloso ... Himself

Directed by
Carlos Saura 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ivan Dias 
Carlos Saura 

Produced by
Ivan Dias .... producer
Luís Galvão Teles .... producer
Antonio Saura .... producer
José Velasco .... producer
 
Cinematography by
José Luis López-Linares 
Eduardo Serra 
 
Film Editing by
Julia Juaniz 
 
Production Design by
Carlos Saura 
 
Makeup Department
Carolina Madera .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Helena Baptista .... production manager
Leslie Calvo .... production manager
Mariana Erijimovich .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuel Fernández Pinedo .... second assistant director
Ângela Sequeira .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Daniel Bekerman .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pedro Cardeira .... first assistant camera
João Tiago Costa .... camera operator
Sonia Eguren .... second assistant camera
Iana Ferreira .... first assistant camera
Ramiro Sabell hijo .... video assist
Miguel Sales Lopes .... camera operator
Jesús Villafáñez .... gaffer (as Jesús Villafáñez González)
 
Casting Department
Raúl Pérez Pacheco .... extras casting
Ángela Martín Suárez-Infiesta .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Margarida Leitão .... additional editor
Carolina Martínez Urbina .... assistant editor
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Other crew
Aarón Arce Pozueta .... administrative assistant
Nathy Fonseca .... production coordinator
Israel García Fernández .... systems administrator
Mariana Koenders .... production coordinator
Curro Muñoz .... main and end titles
 

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USA:90 min | Argentina:93 min | Canada:85 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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This was the last film to be released in the United States by New Yorker Films.See more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Hot Performance Film, 9 September 2007
Author: sezme from Canada

It doesn't really matter whether you already love Fado music or not. This film will make a believer out of you.

I attended the world premiere on the 6th of September at the Toronto Film Festival (actually it was the first film shown at the festival this year) and I can tell you that the audience was in tears at the beauty of the performances alone, with applause after every number.

The film has no plot, only a brief title slide to explain the history of Fado music. Fado is a Portuguese vocal genre that has endured for the last 150 years. After that introduction, though, Saura just lets the music do the talking. The film is composed of performances by the top Fado artists from Portugal (Mariza, Carlos do Carmo...) as well as artists from Brazil, Cabo Verde, Spain, and Mexico (Lila Downs!).

This is no concert movie. Instead, each of the numbers is uniquely performed as a set piece often with a dance accompaniment. But true to form, it's the vocals more than anything which go straight to the heart as they tell tales of sadness and longing, of memories, losses and triumphs.

Interesting that a movie so devoted to the form should be directed by a Spaniard, Carlos Saura, but his filmography shows unequivocally his love of music and dance and his skill in bringing it to the screen. At the premiere, he spoke of the last day of shooting - it was shot entirely in Madrid - and how the cast and crew - half Portuguese, and half Spanish - was crying because they were sad it was over. I felt the same way at the end of the film and can't wait to see it again.

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