Arabian Nights - Vol. 2, The Desolate One

(As Mil e uma Noites – vol. 2, o desolado)

Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland 2015 / 131’

director: Miguel Gomes

screenplay: Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro

cinematography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Mário Castanheira (The Story of the Cockerel and the Fire)

editing: Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Marques

sound: Vasco Pimentel

cast: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Gonçalo Waddington, Joana de Verona, Teresa Madruga, João Pedro Bénard

producer: Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar, Thomas Ordonneau, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Elena Tatti, Thierry Spicher, Elodie Brunner

production: O Som e a Fúria, Shellac Sud, Komplizen Film, Box Productions

awards: Cannes IFF 2015 - Palm Dog; Sydney Film Festival 2015 - Best Film; 15. T-Mobile New Horizons IFF 2015 - FIPRESCI Award; Seville European Film Festival 2015 - Best Film

Polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty

release date: March 4, 2016

In an interview once, Gomes quoted a Portuguese saying that says that sometimes good things come from bad circumstances. His monumental project, bordering somewhere between a political essay and poetic cinema, is a great example of this. Following the great success of Tabu, the director returns with an original and nostalgic-though much more multi-layered-story about the Portuguese spirit in times of economic crisis. Selected tales fromA Thousand and One Nights are superimposed upon his documentation of the collapse of reality, moving between the past and present, between reality and a fairy tale, both in terms of his use of film and at the level of the story itself. The second part of the trilogy begins with the story of the mysterious Simão, a killer hiding from the law who is considered a local hero. A short while later, he puts Scheherazade on screen again, making her the narrator of a timeless tale of current problems. One of the film's great strengths-as is the case in the remaining parts of the trilogy-is the hypnotizing cinematography of Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, who collaborates regularly with Apichatpong Weerasetkaul.

Miguel Gomes

Born in Lisbon in 1972, Miguel Gomes is a director and screenwriter. After completing his studies at the School of Film and Theater in Lisbon, he spent several years working as a film critic. His short films have been screened at numerous festivals, including at Rotterdam, Locarno, Vienna, Oberhausen, and Buenos Aires. One of his first full-length feature films, Our Beloved Month of August (2008), took part in the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes and was screened at more than 40 other festivals. Tabu brought him even more acclaim, capturing an Alfred Bauer Prize and a FIPRESCI at the Berlinale.

Selected filmography

1999 Entretanto (short)

2004 A Cara Que Mereces / The Face You Deserve

2008 Masz ukochany sierpień / Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto / Our Beloved Month of August

2012 Tabu

2013 Redemption (doc., short)