Arabian Nights – Vol. 3, The Enchanted One

(As Mil e uma Noites – vol. 3, o encantado)

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, Américo Silva, Carloto Cotta, Jing Jing Guo, Chico Chapas, Quitério, Bernardo Alves

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 11, 2016

The final part of the trilogy tells the story of a Portuguese society disappointed with the political changes that have occurred and plunging into recession. "I wanted to make a film in which I could present an unreal story that could seduce the viewer. But I wanted just as much to include a story about just how severe the crisis is that my homeland is currently in," confessed Gomes, recognized as one of the most interesting voices in the new wave of Portuguese cinema. The third part of his cycle focuses on Scheherazade as she escapes from the sultan's palace. He juxtaposes her amorous adventures alongside, among other things, the story of unemployed men preparing their pet birds for a singing contest and images of anti-government demonstrations in Lisbon in November 2013 presented from the perspective of a Chinese woman. As in the other parts of the trilogy, the director imbues this symbolic story with subtle irony, humor, and melancholy. Hypnotizing the viewer with shots of the burning sun, he shifts focus, like in fado music, to what lies hidden in loss and a lack of fulfillment.

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)