AS 1001 NOITES/ARABIAN NIGHTS (15) 2015 PORTUGAL GOMES, MIGUEL 3 DVDS £33.99
Re invention of the ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ stories and sets them in modern-day Portugal. There are three films to the series – Volume 1 – El Inquieto/The Restless One, Volume 2 – O Desolado/The Desolate One and Volume 3 – O Encantado/The Enchanted One.
VOLUME 1 – EL INQUIETO/THE RESTLESS ONE – Miguel Gomes playing himself brooding over the destruction of Portuguese industry as a result of economic sanctions and austerity in 2013. His wife, the Arabian Queen Scheherazade, tries to comfort him and save herself by telling him a new story each night.
VOLUME 2 – O DESOLADO/THE DESOLATE ONE – focuses on the impact of austerity Portuguese society. Scheherazade tells her stories each night to save her own life, while a wanted murderer becomes a hero for rallying against an incompetent local government.
VOLUME 3 – O ENCANTADO/THE ENCHANTED ONE – Scheherazade escapes the palace to explore the seaside, where the film explores the working-class sport of chaffinch singing.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Film links –
Download Photo set (Jpegs)
Download Photo set (tiffs)
Download Hi-res jpeg of Quad Poster
Trailer on Vimeo (can be downloaded)
Trailer on Youtube
Read a conversation between Miguel Gomes and Tania Cypriano in Bomb Magazine
Miguel Gomes explains how he wrote the film in Indiewire
All 3 filmed Q&A’s with Miguel Gomes from the New York Film Festival
The Close-up: Miguel Gomes talks – sound file
Music credits with links (where possible)
The Palm Dog is awarded to Lucky
Arabian Nights official website
Arabian Nights Twitter account
TABU (15) 2012 PORTUGAL GOMES, MIGUEL £15.99
Romantic drama, which pays homage to the silent films of F.W. Murnau and Robert J. Flaherty.
Also features two short films by Miguel Gomes: Thirty-One Means Trouble (2002, 27 min.) and A Christmas Inventory (2000, 25 min.)
Watch clips of Tabu on vimeo
Watch the press conference in Berlin following the screening of Tabu in competition
Watch an interview with Amy Taubin and press conference following the screening of Tabu at the New York Film Festival
Watch an interview with Miguel Gomes conducted in Berlin by Radio Eins
Poster – hi-res jpeg