Previously at the ICA - Films
14 Apr 2016 – 10 May 2016
The final part of Miguel Gomes’s acclaimed Arabian Nights trilogy focuses on Scherezade (Christa Alfaiate), drawing on aspects of the well-known folk tale to create a politically-charged and vivid portrait of Portugal in the wake of economic crisis.
Having escaped the palace of the king, Scheherazade explores a seaside landscape where she encounters, among others, a “wind genie” and a daft suitor. This segues into a documentary-style exploration of the working-class sport of chaffinch singing competitions. Movingly and unexpectedly, the last gesture of Arabian Nights is to scale back its scope and provide a disarmingly modest and poignant note on which to close one of contemporary cinema’s new masterpieces.
Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One, dir. Miguel Gomes, France/Portugal/Germany/Switzerland 2015, 125 mins. Portuguese with English subtitles.