Previously at the ICA - Films
29 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.
This volume's opening chapter is about a criminal on the run. In “The Tears of the Judge,” a public trial becomes a mockery, with the testimony implicating everyone in attendance. Finally, The Desolate One ends on an exhilarating note, with a hugely entertaining story about a dog named Dixie who is passed between owners, familiarizing us with the inhabitants of a working-class apartment building.
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One, dir. Miguel Gomes, France/Portugal/Germany/Switzerland 2015, 131 mins. Portuguese with English subtitles.