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.
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)