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Arabian Nights vol. 1 - The Restless One

Arabian Nights vol. 1 - The Restless One

Miguel Gomes, 125 min.

Portugal, Frankrig, Tyskland, Schweiz, 2015

Arabian Nights vol. 1 - The Restless One

Witches, mermaids and EU officials on Viagra – welcome to a battered Portugal, where anything can happen.

Miguel Gomes's wildly imaginative masterpiece 'Arabian Nights' is a trilogy of three films that are based on real Portugal, where the outlook is coloured by hard times and sky-high unemployment. Inspired by the classic Arab text 'Thousand and One Nights', Gomes has defied hopelessness and created a parallel reality where everything – everything! – is possible. In the original '1001 Nights', the beautiful and clever Sheherazade entertains an angry and bloodthirsty king with her fantastic stories. Gomes has instead sent journalists to all corners of the country to sniff out stories, large and small, that he has embellished in a series of independent episodes. Here, a modern Sheherazade guides us around in a parallel world of witches, mermaids, exploding whales and EU officials on a collective overdose of viagra. But only after poor Miguel himself escaped from the director's chair and his own film in a creative crisis! A veritable eruption of ideas and thoughts, but also a film that from the first scene points an angry finger at the faceless bureaucracy behind Portugal's unmanageable debt and miserable situation.

Director: Miguel Gomes
Original Title: As mil e uma noites - Volume 1, o inquieto
Country: Portugal, Frankrig, Tyskland, Schweiz
Year: 2015
Running time: 125 min
Language: English subtitles
Tags: Under the Asphalt, the Beach! Art
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Producer: Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Production Company: O Som e a Fúria, Shellac Sud, Komplizen Films, Box Production
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