Nike Sportswear presents Cadência, the major new Brazilian documentary and exhibition by Bantam Films. Cadência sets out to articulate the ambiguous essence of Rio de Janeiro (and Brazil's) symbolic identity - through its people, passions and traditions. Exploring the underground phenomena of traditional kite culture, the masquerade of Clovis and of course, football. The film features commentary from academics, artists, footballers (including Arsenal’s Denilson and legendary 80‘s Brazilian captain Socrates), and last but not least, 'O Povo' (the people).Cadência is a picture of Rio's sport and culture, the firm cohesion that creates the strong unified image Brazil projects to the world. This film explores the country’s ‘cadence’, its rhythm, the true spirit of Brazil. It is an opportunity to discover the make up of the city’s communities and an insight to some unique and at times misrepresented phenomena - the unifying effect of sport and culture as it winds up for carnival, the biggest celebration of the year.

Cadência’s rich audio dimension includes an originally composed field recording score by David Kennedy aka rising dubstep star Ramadanman, co-founder of the Hessle Audio label who dons a new composers guise with a truly atmospheric and almost beat-less score in collaboration with noted film and TV composer Adrian Corker.
The romantic and poetic contribution to the narrative is also enhanced by both the unique and original stop frame animation from artist Jiwon Park along with glorious stills, both film and photography shot using Canon EOS 5D MRK II cameras.

Interview with director Daren Bartlett: 

What is it that inspires you so much Brazilian culture?
Obviously for a film maker to be drawn to a particular subject there has to be an initial catalyst. Mine was in the form of Capoeira which I have been involved in for 16 years, which in turn led me to Brazilian Ju-Jitsu.These are both powerful and creative art forms that ask a lot from the participants. If you enter seriously into the art form, you will not only learn the art form but you will learn about yourself. So for me this was the door that opened into myself and ultimately fortified me to be able to apply the creativity that film making offers to such a rich vein of cultural diversity, to such an enthralling country as Brazil. After living in Rio for nearly three years, learning the language, pursuing my chosen art forms to the highest possible standard I feel that the generosity, attention and care the Brazilian people have shown me is reflected in the work I can produce about their lives and their cultures.

What made you want to tell this story, the Cadência story?
The real inspiration for Cadência was to be able to address certain aspects of Brazilian culture that I had come across during the making of my two other documentaries that are shot there.The challenging dimension to Cadência was that the two other films were shot over several years, in contrast Cadência as a project could be measured in a few short months. This in itself was a real factor, being able to direct so much concentration and focus on a film is very rewarding and gives it drive and passion as a matter of course.

What were the most personal, memorable interviews for you?
Every interview can give you something, even if it is just a clear indication of what you are not looking for. I tend to make a lot of interviews.This helps me build a picture of the nuances of the subject but I am always very selective about the inclusion within the film as too many opinions can dissipate the overall thrust of a particular line of thought.
During the course of filming Cadência we made some truly wonderful informative and poetic interviews... Professor Mauricio Murad springs to mind. But for myself I would have to say that talking with Sócrates was a great experience, he conveyed a certain informed grace as well as great humour. Certainly worth the 36 hour, no sleep, round trip to get him.

Now that the film is finished, what does Cadência mean to you?
Finishing a documentary film is always a special moment of reflection and perhaps disbelief, that after so much endeavour you have arrived at the conclusion.The process of film making is the essence for a film maker. The beauty of collaboration, the exchange of ideas, the harnessing of emotions. All these and much more are channelled in a given direction, this is a moment of creative flux and can give varied results. We hope always to meet with approval, that is human nature. I believe William Blake once said, “All art is unceasing practice,” which for me means practice we must.