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.
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.
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
2013 Redemption (doc., short)