Archive of films Arabian Nights – Volume 3, The Enchanted One / As mil e uma noites – Volume 3, o encantado
Portugal / France / Germany / Switzerland
2015, 125 min
Section: Another View
In the final part of Arabian Nights, Scheherazade fears that the emotional weight of her stories may be her undoing. At her father’s urging, she decides to lighten up on the sadness and thereby enchant the King once more. The director dedicated the lightest and most playful part of the trilogy to his eight-year-old daughter Carolina with the wish that when she grows up she’ll watch the movie, hoping that it will inspire her and that she’ll be happy.
In the final part of Arabian Nights, Scheherazade fears that the emotional weight of her stories may be her undoing. And so she decides to flee the palace and set out in search of joy and happiness. She meets her father, the Grand-Vizier, on a Ferris wheel, and he advises his daughter to lighten up the stories and thereby enchant the King once more. And so she resumes her narrative: “O auspicious King, in old shanty towns of Lisbon there was a community of bewitched men who, with all dedication and passion, devoted themselves to teaching birds to sing...” And with daybreak Scheherazade falls silent. The most light-hearted and playful volume of Miguel Gomes’ cinematic trilogy is dedicated to his eight-year-old daughter Carolina with the wish that when she grows up she’ll watch the movie, hoping that it will inspire her and that she’ll be happy.
About the director
Miguel Gomes (b. 1972, Lisbon) graduated from Lisbon’s Theater and Film School (ESTC). From 1996 to 2000 he worked for various Portuguese media outlets as a film critic. His short films have been screened at Locarno and Rotterdam and have received awards at Oberhausen and Vila do Conde. His feature-length debut The Face You Deserve (2004) was followed by Our Beloved Month of August (2008), which was presented in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. His third feature Tabu premiered in competition at the 2012 Berlinale (Alfred Bauer Award), after which it was shown in Karlovy Vary’s Horizons section. His latest effort, the three-part Arabian Nights – Volume 1, The Restless One, Arabian Nights – Volume 2, The Desolate One, and Arabian Nights – Volume 3, The Enchanted One, was presented at this year’s Cannes festival in the section Directors’ Fortnight.
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About the film
|Screenplay:||Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro|
|Dir. of Photography:||Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Lisa Persson, Mário Castanheira|
|Editor:||Telmo Churro, Pedro Filipe Marques, Miguel Gomes|
|Art Director:||Bruno Duarte, Artur Pinheiro|
|Producer:||Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar|
|Production:||O Som e a Fúria|
|Coproduction:||Shellac Sud, Komplizen Film, Box Production|
|Cast:||Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz, Américo Silva, Carloto Cotta|
|Sales:||The Match Factory|