After Flamenco (1995) and Tango (1998) – nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, in 2005 Carlos Saura completes his trilogy on modern urban song with Fados. After over two years of research into the subject, Carlos Saura takes an enormous step forward in his approximation to music. If, in his earlier musicals, Iberia, Flamenco, Tango…, he based his work on dancing, in Fados he makes a special effort with the plot and image to reflect the birth of a suburban, dockland music which is in itself a synthesis of all of the music born towards the end of the 19th century.
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Trois vies et une seule mort / Three Lives and Only One Death (1996) Raoul Ruiz, Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Galiena, Marisa Paredes, Comedy, Crime
Take a walk into the weird world of filmmaker Raul Ruiz as he takes us to Paris for a twisted ride. A man which shares four names and four personalities (which is the real one?) is the link between four different, yet similar, stories involving love, lust, crime, and time.
Uma Abelha na Chuva / A Bee in the Rain (1972) Fernando Lopes, Laura Soveral, João Guedes, Zita Duarte, Drama
This Portuguese drama examines the daily life minutiae and intrigues of two scions of society in the rural village where they live. One is a wealthy landowner, the other a widowed aristocrat who lives in a world of her own. “Starting off from a fine novel by Carlos de Oliveira, Fernando Lopes doesn’t so mush reconstitute a story, but rather defines an atmosphere parallel to that which exists in the literary work. The erosion of time, the crumbling of an epoch, the decline of a stately home, the disintegration of emotions: the film version of A Bee in the Rain talks about all these things, using a language that is sparse and unpolished, fascinating and at the same time repulsive in its disturbing silence” (Lauro Antonio).
Entre os Dedos / Noise (2008) Tiago Guedes, Frederico Serra, Isabel Abreu, Ivo Alexandre, Filipe Duarte, Drama
After the structural collapse at a construction site, Paulo loses his job because he denounces the situation to the authorities. His relationship with his wife deteriorates more every day. Anabela, Paulo’s sister, lives with their father, who suffers from post-war syndrome from his involvement in the Colonial Wars. Bela is his nurse, and the only comfort for a terminally ill patient.
O Delfim / The Dauphin (2002) Fernando Lopes, Rogério Samora, Alexandra Lencastre, Rui Morisson, Drama
Portugal, late sixties. Tomás Palma Bravo, the Dauphin, is the heir to a world in decay. He is the master of the Lagoon, of Maria das Mercês, his barren wife, of Domingos, his black, one-armed manservant, of a mastiff and of an E-type Jaguar, which takes him to Lisbon and to the prostitutes.
A Cara que Mereces / The Face You Deserve (2004) Miguel Gomes, José Airosa, Gracinda Nave, Sara Graça, Comedy, Fantasy
Until you turn 30, you have the face God gave you. After that, you have the face you deserve.” The estranged musical comedy that is Gomes’ first feature film seeks to convince its protagonist, Francisco, of that saying/dogma; precisely, during his thirtieth birthday. Or maybe it’s the complete opposite, and that Francisco who dresses up as a cowboy for the school play at the school where he teaches the children he detests, seeks to convince A cara que mereces of the fatality of the little phrase. But Francisco is a trick: he knows he deserves his face and his body because of him being intolerable. And A cara que mereces, hunted hunter, becomes a claustrophobic film that seeks to run away from Francisco using cinephilia as a way of escape; boarding, as Mark Peranson has observed, to the heart of Rivette, to the train (of dreams) of the recent Godard and, finally, to an impossible (but well-deserved) version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Os Imortais / The Imortals (2003) António-Pedro Vasconcelos, Joaquim de Almeida, Emmanuelle Seigner, Nicolau Breyner, Action, Crime, Drama
Every year, four ex-soldiers who call themselves “Os Imortais” (“The Immortals”), get together with four women to celebrate their war deeds and remember the old days, back in the war. On the summer of 1985, tired of their monotonous lives, they decide to rob a bank. Joaquim Malarranha, a chief inspector from the local police force who is about to retire, crosses their path and chooses to spend his last days of duty trying to solve the robbery. But as he carries on with his investigation, he discovers more than he could have ever imagined…
Quinze Pontos na Alma / Fifteen Stitches for the Soul (2011) Vicente Alves do Ó, Rita Loureiro, João Reis, Marcello Urgeghe, Drama
On a day like many others, a woman leaves work. She’s late for a party, in the outskirts of Lisbon. As she drives on the highway she sees a man ready to jump off a bridge. She stops the car, gets off and approaches the man, trying to save him. Something unites the two. They kiss. But when she opens her eyes she no longer sees him. In a city full of mysteries, the woman tries to figure out who that man was, living an adventure beyond her imagination… This woman had it all: the perfect husband, perfect friends and a perfect house. But in a snapshot everything changes. Sometimes, having it all is not enough…
Crónica dos Bons Malandros / Chronicle of Good Hoodlums (1984) Fernando Lopes, Nuno Duarte, João Perry, Lia Gama, Comedy
A gang decides to rob the Gulbenkian Museum, tired of their petty robberies. During the book talks about the life of each element of the gang and how they met. But the assault on the museum did not go as expected …
Coisa Ruim / Bad Blood (2006) Tiago Guedes, Frederico Serra, Adriano Luz, Manuela Couto, Sara Carinhas, Horror, Mystery
A well-educated, urban family inherits an old country house located in a small village deep in Portugal’s countryside. Upon their arrival they try to adapt themselves to the new lifestyle, but they soon learn that the village is overshadowed by superstition, religion and mysterious folklore. Strange events soon begin happening and as they learn more about the history of their family, they slowly begin to believe the rumors heard throughout the village: by inheriting the house, they also inherited a curse.