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Fnc 2015: ‘Arabian Nights — Volume 3: The Enchanted One’ is a loose, humanistic conclusion

Arabian Nights — Volume 3, The Enchanted One

Written by Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, and Telmo Churro

Directed by Miguel Gomes

Portugal, 2015

In spite of its seemingly monumental ambitions, Miguel Gomes’s Arabian Nights has never been in danger of being weighed down by pretensions. From the opening minutes of Volume One, Gomes has maintained an effervescent tone, albeit one tamed somewhat in the darker Volume Two. Even there, Arabian Nights keeps its focus on its main subject: the Portuguese people, and the ways in which they’ve felt the impact of austerity. As such, Gomes’s film always true to itself and never seems to stray from the director’s vision.

With all that in mind, even if the segment which comprises the bulk of Volume Three, titled “The Inebriated Chorus of the Chaffinches,” would seem meandering and aimless in a different film, the documentary-like footage feels perfectly suited to Gomes’s aims.
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Fnc 2015: ‘Arabian Nights — Volume 2, The Desolate One’ is a darker middle act

Arabian Nights — Volume 2, The Desolate One

Written by Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, and Telmo Churro

Directed by Miguel Gomes

Portugal, 2015

After a joyous, energetic opening, the second installment of Miguel Gomes’s Arabian Nights, subtitled The Desolate One, takes a turn, appropriate to its title, for the darker. The humor which makes the opening such a blast certainly hasn’t entirely disappeared, but it’s become more subdued, and at times even cruel.

The shift in tone is evident from the beginning of the first story, “Chronicle of the Escape of Simao ‘Without Bowels,’” which, in spite of the similarity its title bears to the jocularity of “Volume One,” aims for a more meditative tone. The title refers to an aging fugitive (Chico Chapas), on the run after murdering four women (including his wife and daughter), who hides from police drones and creates a hedonistic paradise for himself amidst barren land.
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Miguel Gomes’ ‘Arabian Nights’ series puts a new spin on adaptation

Arabian Nights

Directed by Miguel Gomes

Written by Miguel Gomes, Telmo Churro, and Mariana Ricardo

2015, Portugal

As each separate volume stresses in its title sequence, this is not an adaptation of the original book Arabian Nights. While it’s not a surefire adaptation, Miguel Gomes’ series certainly takes a lot from it, including the structure (which the films admit to) and the lead character of Scheherazade. Ultimately it uses the basis from the original Arabian Nights to provide commentary on a period in Portugal in which the country faced economic and political turmoil. Gomes’ Arabian Nights trilogy includes Volume One – The Restless One, Volume Two – The Desolate One, and Volume Three – The Enchanted One. Each volume consists of three stories, with a prologue in volume one. While the film captures the epic quality of the novel, Gomes takes the idea of adaptation to a new level, capturing the essence of
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Fnc 2015: ‘Arabian Nights — Volume 1, The Restless One’ is a light-hearted start to an epic

Arabian Nights — Volume 1, The Restless One

Written by Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, and Telmo Churro

Directed by Miguel Gomes

Portugal, 2015

From a simplistic description, Miguel Gomes’s film Arabian Nights could sound unbearably self-important. Taking its name from a foundational collection of folk literature and running at a total of over six hours, the film almost sounds like a parody of arthouse excess. Add in the political goals of depicting life in contemporary Portugal under the pain of its economic collapse, and the mere concept of the film threatens to implode in self-seriousness.

But in spite of this, the first segment of Arabian Nights (it’s being screened in three parts), subtitled The Restless One, maintains a whimsical tone throughout which quickly puts to rest any fears of pretentiousness. The film is funny, fast-moving, and too jocular to let accusations of self-importance stick. Not that Gomes doesn’t have serious ambitious for his project,
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Cannes 2015: ‘Arabian Nights Vol II, The Desolate One’: The inexplicable beguilement of surrealist cinema

Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One

Directed by Miguel Gomes

Written by Miguel Gomes, Telmo Churro, Mariana Ricardo

Portugal / France / Germany / Switzerland, 2015

Miguel Gomes showed up the Director’s Fortnight screening of the second part of Arabian Nights wearing a t-shirt and Benfica football scarf and started off by rambling about his favourite team’s newly won championship title. Something about Gomes is disarmingly charismatic and sincere – you could tell the rugged look was not an act but rather Gomes was just being himself. And amazingly, despite the thick layers of surrealist imagery and narrative convolution, there is a quality in his Arabian Nights enterprise that comes across as totally sincere.

Volume two runs at just over two hours and, on paper, sounds like a load of pretentious claptrap – there is no unified plot but rather the structure is built around three disconnected episodes with various degrees of narrative development.
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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #60. Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Director: Miguel Gomes// Writers: Miguel Gomes, Telmo Churro, Mariana Ricardo

Miguel Gomes’ 2012 film Tabu managed to elevate the Portugeuse filmmaker’s international status when it picked up two awards at the Berlin film festival that year, and had a hand in at last making his 2008 Cannes premiered sophomore feature Our Beloved Month of August at last available for DVD consumption in the Us. Experimentally inclined, Gomes next tackles the famed Arabian nights tale but abandons all except for the structure to depict a modern Portugal in peril under Troika control. It’s the most ambitious treatment of the material since Pasolini adapted Arabian Nights back in 1974. We’ll be expecting stunning musical interplay and visually innovative sequences.

Cast: Carloto Cotta, Joana de Verona, Adriano Luz

Producer: O Som e a Fúria

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: Rumored to be aiming for a Spring 2015 release, we’re
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Match Factory unveils Gomes' Arabian Nights

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Match Factory unveils Gomes' Arabian Nights
Exclusive: German sales team launches experimental Miguel Gomes drama at Efm.

German outfit The Match Factory has begun talking to buyers at the Efm about Tabu director Miguel Gomes’ latest project Arabian Nights (As 1001 Noites).

Gomes’ film transposes contemporary Portugal - beset by economic crisis - into the structure of the famous collection of folk tales One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights.

Stories within the film will be based on real stories taken from news and press in Portugal during the production period.

The one-year shoot started in early December 2013 and will continue throughout 2014.

The cast includes Adriano Luz, Carloto Cotta, Rogério Samora, Diogo Dória and Crista Alfaiate.

Co-writers include Tabu writer Mariana Ricardo and Tabu editor Telmo Churro. Uncle Boonmee cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom is also on board.

The production has also created an online blog (www.as1001noites.com/en) for the film featuring contributions from Portuguese journalists and illustrators.

O Som
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