Saudade Do Futuro
Saudade Do Futuro

Saudade Do Futuro

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  • Directed by: Marie-Clemence & Cesar Paes
  • Produced by: Marie-Clemence & Cesar Paes
Released: 2003
Running Time: 63 min

From the vertiginous heights of the skyscrapers under construction to the depths of the subway, from political meetings to popular dance halls, should they be journalist, mayor or cab driver, the Nordestinos introduce us to "their" São Paulo, one of the biggest cities in the world with 18 million inhabitants. They came to São Paulo, in the south of the country, to escape drought in the North or to make their fortune. Or they came simply to work because the "wonder south" holds the major part of the economical and industrial activities in Brazil. With a guitar or a tambourine, like everyday life columnists, the Nordestino repentistas improvise rhymes and sing poetry on the spot, seeking inspiration in their audience's concerns. SAUDADE DO FUTURO borrows the Nordestino's eyes to see São Paulo, and their voices to sing the city. The urban cacophony mixes with music, and the repentes, forerunners of rap music, tell us about the South American megalopolis with humor and rhymes.



  • Grand Prix du public - Rencontres internationales de cinéma à Paris (Forum des images, France)


"Groove with the street musicians of São Paulo, and learn something about bigotry and resilience while you're tapping your feet." 

"Unlike many documentaries of its kind, SAUDADE DO FUTURO is as much a cinematic treasure as it is a celebration of Brazil's musical tradition." 

"An impressionistic hymn to both São Paulo and one unique regional music form, Cesar Paes' Saudade do Futuro is an infectious delight."