Legendary Spanish auteur Carlos Saura's ravishing new performance film explores Portugal's most emblematic musical genre with a fusion of cinema, song, and dance. Tracing fado from its African and Brazilian origins to the new wave of contemporary fadistas, Saura expands its traditional singer-and-guitar form with infusions of hip hop, flamenco, reggae, tango, and ballet - both in sound and movement. Included are performances by Mariza, Caetano Veloso, and Lila Downs, with photography by Eduardo Serra. Extras include behind the scenes footage and interviews, song & performer guide, international trailers, on-set photo gallery, and director's note from Saura.
Toni Garrido,Chico Buarque Buarque de Hollanda,Camané,Carlos do Carmo,Lila Downs,Cesária Évora
FADOS completes the musical trilogy of award-winning Spanish director Carlos Saura's Flamenco (1995) and Oscar-nominated Tango (1998). Using Lisbon as a backdrop, he explores Portugal's most emblematic musical genre-fado. Tracing its African and Brazilian origins up to the new wave of modern fadistas, he ingeniously deploys mirrors, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colors to frame a collection of performances that survey a rich history of this art form. The result is a ravishing fusion of cinema, song, dance and instrumental numbers. FADOS contains homages to such legends as Maria Severa and Amalia Rodrigues, as well as stunning turns by modern stars like Mariza and Camane 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). Under the musical supervision of Carlos do Carmo, FADOS features one of the finest world music soundtracks to date.