Archive of films Saudade for the Future / Saudade do futuro

Brazil / France / Portugal / Belgium
2000, 94 min

Section: Inspired by Music
Year: 2001


Brazil’s Sčo Paulo is a remarkable city. It is bursting at the seams, effervescing with music and its streets are filled with poets. It doesn’t matter who you talk to – an ordinary cleaner or a journalist, the director of an art gallery or a taxi-driver, immigrants from the country or local politicians. This megalopolis with its sixteen million inhabitants is outgrowing New York; it means something different for each of them because it has become their home. We watch this city from the tops of sky-scrapers and from the depths of the metro system, we hear its rhythmical songs which tell of human happiness and pain. We visit local dance halls where couples undulate to intoxicating erotic music and we listen to what the Nordestinos have to say. This is the name for people who come from the North to find happiness or at least a job. ,Saudade‘ is a Portuguese word which loses in translation – it signifies a combination of desire, tenderness, sweetness, nostalgia, pleasure and sorrow . . . .

About the director

Marie-Clémence and Cesar Paes made this documentary about Sao Paulo. Cesar (writer and director) was born in Rio de Janeiro and has lived in Paris since 1980. Marie-Clémence (writer and producer) is a native of Madagascar. Saudade do Futuro is their fourth film, preceded by Angano…angano…Tales from Madagascar (1989), Songs and Tears of Nature (1992) and Awara Soup (1996).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Inspired by Music
Director: Cesar Paes, Marie-Clémence Paes
Screenplay: Cesar Paes, Marie-Clémence Paes
Dir. of Photography: Cesar Paes
Editor: Agnes Contensou
Producer: Marie-Clémence Paes
Production: Laterit Poductions
Cast: Sonhador a Peneira, Lindalva a Terezinha a Palito, Cabeleira a Edezel, Banda de Pifanos de Caruaru, Bando de Macambira, Ze Honorio, Siba a Mauricio z Mestre Ambrosio, Thomas Rohrer a Fabio Freire

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