Arabian Nights Volumes 1-3 | Miguel Gomes

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 | 1649 Brunswick Street | 3PM | 382 MINUTES | FREE

Drama | Portugal | 2015

Arabian Nights is a monumental and dazzlingly original three-part film by Miguel Gomes (Tabu) that uses the structure of One Thousand and One Nights to tell the story of contemporary Portugal. Gomes tells fantastic tales that blur the line between fiction and documentary, taking his audience on a journey that ranges from talking roosters to the everyday trials of the unemployed. Arabian Nights is one of the most talked about films on the festival circuit and at just shy of six hours it is sure to challenge and provoke even the most seasoned cinephile.

With a blend of local lore and partisan fury, theatrical artifice and journalistic inquiry, Gomes single-handedly reinvents the political cinema.

The biggest and most ambitious movie at Cannes this year … a six-hour, three-part project, variously described as a trilogy and as just one movie, shot entirely on film and inspired very, very loosely by the classic collection of fairy tales.


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