Arabian Nights: Volume 3 – The Enchanted One

Docufiction | PT, FR, DE, CH 2015 | 125' | Subtitled English

In the third part of Miguel Gomes’s dazzling parade of tales, narrator Scheherazade herself enters the fray as a protagonist. Her episode is a colorful period film-within-a-film, a playful exotistic fantasy of the old orient, staged against the backdrop of modern-day Marseille. However, most of ARABIAN NIGHTS 3 is taken up by the second episode, which could almost be considered a stand-alone documentary, about jobless Portuguese who train captive chaffinches for singing competitions. In the end, this much becomes very clear: Gomes’s huge project is – among many other things – also a declaration of love for storytelling as such. To quote the director himself: »Stories are born from the desires and fears of people. They help us survive.« It is worth noting that ARABIAN NIGHTS draws on research by a team of journalists enlisted to gather suitable material across the country. All of its fantastical and eccentric elements notwithstanding, ARABIAN NIGHTS remains firmly rooted in reality.

Director
Miguel Gomes
Script
Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Producers
Sandro Aguilar, Thomas Ordonneau, Luís Urbano
Photography
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editors
Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Marques
Sound
Vasco Pimentel, Miguel Martins, Denis Séchaud, Thibaut Macquart
Costumes
Lucha d'Orey, Silvia Grabowski
Principal Cast
Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta, Chico Chapas, Américo Silva, Jing Jing Guo

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Selected filmography Miguel Gomes

A CARA QUE MERECES (2004), CÁNTICO DAS CRIATURAS (2006), AQUELE QUERIDO MÊS DE AGOSTO (2008), TABU (2012)