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Arabian Nights – The Enchanted One

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MIGUEL GOMES

2015

PT/FR/DE/CH

126′

Festivals

WORLD PREMIERE AT LA QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS 2015, CANNES
European Film Awards
Sydney FF
New Horizons IFF
Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo
Fénix
Caminhos do Cinema Português
Midnight Sun FF
Prémios ÁQUILA
Filmfest München
Director's Fortnight
Caminhos do Cinema Português
Karlovy Vary FF
Jerusalem IFF
FidMarseille
Curtas Via do Conde
New Zealand FF
Melbourne IFF
Toronto IFF
Bergen IFF
Busan IFF
Hiroshima IFF
Mostra de São Paulo
Valdivia IFF
New York FF
London FF
Adelaide FF
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
CPH:DOX
Mumbai FF
Mar del Plata IFF
Thessaloniki IFF
Taipei Golden Horse FF
World FF Bangkok
Torino IFF
Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife

Prix

Caminhos do Cinema Português - Best supporting actress – Luísa Cruz/ Best director – Miguel Gomes, Best screenplay – Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo and Telmo Churro
Prémios ÁQUILA - Best actress Crista Alfaiate
European Film Awards - Best Sound Department – Vasco Pimentel & Miguel Martins
Sydney FF - Sydney Film Prize
New Horizons IFF - Prémio FIPRESCI
Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo - Silver Girardillo, ASECAN Best Film
Fénix - Best Editing
Prémios ÁQUILA - Best actress - Crista Alfaiate

Liens

http://www.as1001noites.com/en/

Synopsis

In Portugal – one European country in crisis – a film director proposes to build fictional stories from the miserable reality he is immersed in. However, failing to find meaning in his work, he cowardly runs away and leaves the beautiful Scheherazade to stand in his shoes. She will require enthusiasm and courage so as not to bore the King with sad stories of this country! As nights go past, restlessness leads to desolation and in turn to enchantment. Therefore Scheherazade organises the stories she tells the King in three volumes. She begins like this: “It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that in a sad country among all countries…”.

Volume 3, The Enchanted One
In which Scheherazade doubts that she will still be able to tell stories to please the King, given that what she has to tell weighs three thousand tonnes. She therefore escapes from the palace and travels the Kingdom in search of pleasure and enchantment. Her father, the Grand-Vizier, arranges to meet her at the Ferris wheel, and Scheherazade resumes her narration: “Auspicious King, in old shanty towns of Lisbon there was a community of bewitched men who, in all rigour and passion, dedicated themselves to teaching birds to sing…”. And seeing the morning break, Scheherazade fell silent.

Crédits

With

Crista Alfaiate

Dinarte Branco

Carloto Cotta

Adriano Luz

Rogério Samora

Maria Rueff

Cristina Carvalhal

Luisa Cruz

Américo Silva

Diogo Dória

Bruno Bravo

Tiago Fagulha

Teresa Madruga

Writers

Miguel Gomes

Mariana Ricardo

Telmo Churro

Director

Miguel Gomes

DOP

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Assistant director

Bruno Lourenço

Assistant DOP

Lisa Persson

Sound

Vasco Pimentel

Art Director

Bruno Duarte

Costumes

Silvia Grabowski

Editing

Telmo Churro

Mix

Miguel Martins

Production manager

Isabel Silva

Producers

O Som e a furia

Shellac sud

Komplizen film

Box Productions

Associate producer

Agat Films

In coproduction with

Arte

ZDF

RTP

RTS

SSR SRG

Michel Merkt

Biographie

Miguel Gomes, Lisbon, 1972. Studied Cinema. Film critic between 1996 and 2000. He directed several short films. THE FACE YOU DESERVE (2004) is his first feature. OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST (2008) and TABU (2012) have confirmed his success and international projection. TABU has been released in about 50 countries, and won dozens of awards. 

Retrospectives from Miguel’s work have been programmed at the Viennale, the BAFICI, Torino Film Festival, in Germany and the USA.

ARABIAN NIGHTS, a three-part feature film, premieres in 2015 edition of the Directors Fortnight in Cannes.