Fausto 5.0 is the last part of a trilogy dedicated to the figure of Faust. The first two installments, F@ust 3.0 and The Damnation of Faust took their starting points from pre-existing works, Goethe’s Faust and Hector Berlioz’s opera with libretto by Almire Gandonnière and Gérard de Nerval respectively. In this case the starting point is an original plot although it refers (inevitably) to Faust’s mythic journey.
This is a Faust whose life is crumbling down around him, a doctor specialising in terminal medicine who has buried himself in a soulless and routine job. Fausto is a man without dreams, closer to death than to life. The only contact that the doctor has with reality is his assistant, Julia. It is she who will notice the changes that the doctor is experiencing which eventually consume him, without his knowledge, in the game of his desires.
In a sick city that is a mix of cultures and temporal references, a medical conference is held which Fausto will attend. There, upon arriving at the station, he will run into Santos Vella, a man who admits to having been one of his patients. Then a furiously-paced journey through a tunnel begins, from which Fausto will emerge completely changed. Santos will be, at first, an annoying shadow, someone who rudely interferes in the doctor’s life. He later becomes a guide with almost magical qualities, determined to confront Fausto with the darkest aspects of his personality.
Santos offers to convert Fausto’s desires into reality. In fact, before the doctor is even able to decide, Santos has already gotten ahead of himself and converted his desires into cravings he is anxious to satisfy. And a dream that seems to be a gift becomes his worst nightmare. Are all our desires good? Fausto almost thinks so; Santos opens his eyes to the truth: there are desires that lead straight to hell.
Isidro Ortiz, La Fura dels Baus (Àlex Ollé, Carlos Padrissa).
Eduardo Campoy, Alicia Gallardo, Ramón Vidal.
Fernando Martín, Thomas Spieker.
Fernando León de Aranoa
Fausto: Miguel Ángel Solá.
Santos: Eduard Fernández.
Julia: Nawja Nimri.
Quiroga: Juan Fernández.
Margarita: Raquel González.
Marta: Irene Montalà.
Bielsa: Pep Molina.
Josep Mª Sanou, Toni M. Mir.
Director de fotografía
Pedro del Rey
Diseño corporativo e imagen
Director de producción
Ayudante de dirección
Jefe de producción
Manel J. Frasquiel
Director de posproducción
Efectos digitales: Alfonso Nieto.
Efectos Especiales: DDT.
Vestuario: Antonia Marqués.
Sonido: Ferran Mengod.
30/8/01, 58 Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografico Biennale di Venezia.
Producida por Fausto Producciones y Cartel,
en asociación con 42nd St. Produccions.
Distribuida por Lauren Films.
La Fura’s third take on the myth of Faust employed cinematic language. The film, co-directed by La Fura dels Baus and Isidro Ortiz with a script by Fernando León de Aranoa, no longer opposes the concepts of good and evil, now it is reason and instinct that go head to head.