Previously at the ICA - Films
22 Apr 2016 – 8 May 2016
Miguel Gomes's (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) Arabian Nights (As mil e uma noites) uses the original Arabian Nights' framing device of the beautiful young Scheherazade telling tale after tale in order to keep her murderous husband from killing her - but that’s where the similarities end. Over three features, Gomes channels the current struggles of economically depressed Portugal through an assortment of tales that range from farcical yarns to grounded accounts of social issues.
In this film, after opening with overlapping documentary portraits of a shipyard and a wasp-exterminator, the director appears on screen, contemplating his overly ambitious undertaking. From here, Gomes spins a satirical tale about the financial powers-that-be preying on Portugal’s vulnerability. Next up is the comic story of the role a rooster plays in a local election, followed by a sobering triptych of interviews with unemployed citizens
Arabian Nights: Volume 1, dir. Miguel Gomes, France/Portugal/Germany/Switzerland 2015. Portuguese with English subtitles.