Miguel Gomes's three-part epic 'Arabian Nights' opens exclusively at the Film Society of Lincoln Center starting December 4: filmlinc.org/newreleases
Volume 1, The Restless One (Opens December 4):
An up-to-the minute rethinking of what it means to make a political film today, Miguel Gomes’s epic paean to the art of storytelling—filmed during Portugal’s recent plunge into austerity—is a generous, radical chronicle of these troubled times, one that honors its fantasy life as fully as its hard realities.
Volume II, The Desolate One (Opens December 11):
Unfolding in a more melancholic register, the second part of Miguel Gomes’s monumental yet light-footed magnum opus shifts tones and genres at will (deadpan neo-Western, Brechtian courtroom farce, tear-jerking melodrama), all the while treating its fantasy dimension as a path to a more meaningful truth.
Volume 3, The Enchanted One (Opens December 18):
As enthralling as it is eccentric, the final installment of Miguel Gomes’s sui generis epic features a sunny interlude of freedom for the heroine Scheherazade and an affectionate documentary chronicle of Lisbon-area bird trappers and birdsong competitions.