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Photo: Zeitgeist Films

Director: Carlos Saura

January 31
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street

5:30PM (90 min)


To complement the live performances, the PuSh Film Series are offered to the die-hard PuSh fan wishing for the Full festival experience:

Fados is the third film in the musical trilogy of award-winning Carlos Saura. 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 conveys a grand vision of music’s power to break down boundaries: between 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.

Paired with António Zambujo.