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ARABIAN NIGHTS

Director: Miguel Gomes

Volume 1 - 125 mins; Volume 2 -
131 mins; Volume 3 - 126 mins; Portugal-France-Germany-Switzerland, 2015, Digital, Subtitled



This film screened 28th May 2016.

One of the year’s most ambitious projects, Miguel Gomes’ (Tabu) triptych takes its structure from One Thousand and One Nights, placing Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate) in a contemporary setting as the tales she tells relate to the director’s perspective on Portugal as a country suffering a psychological crisis as a result of its financial crisis, and the use of stringent austerity as a means by which to counter the latter. The sprawling storytelling is dense and complex, but by no means a dour exercise in miserabilism; the volumes are shot through with eccentric humour throughout their many digressions in an absorbing and engaging work.  (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

TIMINGS & TICKETING:

Volume 1: The Restless One – 13.00; Volume 2: The Desolate One – 15.40; Volume 3: The Enchanted One – 18.30.

Tickets: €25. Tickets to individual volumes will not be available. There will be an interval of approximately 30 minutes between each volume.

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