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Arabian Nights – Volume 2, The Desolate One
As Mil e uma Noites – vol. 2, o desolado
2015 / Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland / 131 min / N-13
Director(s) - Miguel Gomes
Screenwriter(s) - Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Actors - Cristina Alfaiate, João Pedro Bénard, Luísa Cruz, Joana de Verona, Teresa Madruga, Gonçalo Waddington, Xico Xapas
Producer(s) - Sandro Aguilar, Luís Urbano, Maren Ade, Thomas Ordonneau, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Elena Tatti, Thierry Spicher, Elodie Brunner
Cinematographer - Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editor(s) - Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Filipe Marques
Sales agent - The Match Factory
Distributor - Kino Pavasaris Distribution
Production company -
Dialogues - Portuguese, French, English
Subtitles - Lithuanian
In the second part of Arabian Nights, Scheherazade continues to perform for her life, trying not to bore the King with mournful tales about the gloom besetting the afflicted land: “It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that a distressed judge will cry instead of giving out her sentence… The residents of a tower block in the suburbs will save parrots… while surrounded by dead people and ghosts, including in fact a dog that...” And with daybreak, Scheherazade falls silent. The second part of the trilogy begins with the story of the mysterious Simão, a killer hiding from the law who is considered a local hero. The theatrical stylization allows the director to engage in a hyperbolic look at the human race that contrasts sharply with the realistic story of the clever dog Dixie and his unhappy owners. In Gomes’ film no holds are barred and it is up to the viewer to be the co-narrator of the tales told.
Miguel Gomes (b. 1972 in Lisbon, Portugal).
"Meanwhile" (1999, short), "Christmas Inventory" (2000, short), "Kalkitos" (2002, short), "31" (2003, short), "The Face You Deserve" (2004), "Our Beloved Month of August" (2008), "Tabu" (2012), "Redemption" (2013, short doc.), "Arabian Nights – Volume 1, The Restless One" (2015, "Kino pavasaris"), "Arabian Nights – Volume 2, The Desolate One" (2015, "Kino pavasaris"), "Arabian Nights – Volume 3, The Enchanted One" (2015, "Kino pavasaris").