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As mil e uma noites – Volume 1, o inquieto

Fortnight 2015, Feature film, 2h05


In which Scheherazade tells of the restlessness that befell the country: “It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that in a sad country where people dream of mermaids and whales, unemployment spreads. Forests burn into the night despite the falling rain ; men and women long to set out to sea in the middle of Winter. Sometimes there are animals that talk although it is highly improbable that they are listened to. In this country, where things are not what they appear to be, men of power promenade on camels and hide permanent and shameful erections; they await the moment when taxes are collected so they can pay a wizard whom…”. And seeing the morning break, Scheherazade fell silent.


Miguel Gomes

Born in 1972 in Lisbon, Portugal, Migue Gomes studied Cinema at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (ESTC). He worked as a film critic in the Portuguese press and published several articles related to the theory of Cinema. Miguel Gomes presented his film Our Beloved Month of August in 2008 at the Directors’ Fortnight. He returns in 2015 with Arabian Nights, a triptych inspired by the tales told by Scheherazade and the events that occured in Portugal in 2013 and 2014.

Adriano Luz
Américo Silva
Carloto Cotta
Crista Alfaiate

Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Mário Castanheira

Vasco Pimentel

Telmo Churro, Pedro Filipe Marques, Miguel Gomes

Set decoration
Bruno Duarte, Artur Pinheiro

Production :
O Som e a Fúria
Av. Almirante Reis, 113 – 5º, Esc. 505
1150 014 Lisbonne – Portugal
T : +351 213 582 518

Coproduction :
Shellac Sud (France)
Komplizen Film (Germany)
Box Productions (Switzerland)
Agat Films (France)

Distribution :
Shellac Sud
T : +33 4 95 04 95 92

Ventes / Foreign sales :
The Match Factory
Balthasarstrasse 79-81
50670 Cologne – Allemagne
T : +49 221 539 709 0

Presse nationale / National press :
Makna Presse
Chloé Lorenzi
Tél : +33 1 42 77 00 16
Cell : +33 6 08 16 60 26

Presse internationale / International press :
Wolfgang W. Werner Public Relations
Christiane Leithardt
Cell +49 175 588 80 86
Wolfgang Werner
Cell +49 170 333 93 53

Title in Original Version : Arabian Nights - Volume 1, The Restless One

Press release

“Film monstre, ce film monde à l’ambition si folle” /// Arte

“Il était mille et une fois le Portugal” /// Le Monde

“Arabian Nights” tackles the subject with characteristic imagination and, unsurprisingly, righteous anger” /// Variety

“Gros coup de foudre” /// Les Inrocks

“Certainement l’un des films les plus fous et aventureux qu’on ait pu voir sur la crise” /// Trois Couleurs

“Oeuvre monumentale et atypique” /// Télérama

“A sensual and intellectual feast” /// Variety

“Las mil y una noches de la crisis portuguesa” /// El Païs

“Un spectacle flamboyant” /// Première

“the result is wacky, but also quite brilliant” /// The National

“Einer der künstlerisch bezwingendsten Filme an der Croisette” /// Der Standard

“The inexplicable beguilement of surrealist cinema” /// Sound on Sight

“Le deuxième volet de la trilogie de Miguel Gomes parvient encore à surprendre” /// Trois Couleurs

“Fiction et documentaire pour dire les désolations du chômage et de la pauvreté” /// L’Humanité

“Le grand road triple de Miguel Gomes” /// Libération

“Un réjouissant “rosaire de misères” /// Cineuropa

“Mille et une choses à te dire /// Grazia

“En vœu de cinema exaucé” /// Etudes

“Miguel Gomes, notre bon génie” /// Mediapart

“Liberté créatrice” /// Arte

“The Most Ambitious Movie At This Year’s Cannes Film Festival” /// IndieWire

Entretien avec Miguel Gomes /// Critikat