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Arabian Nights – Volume 1, The Restless One

As Mil e uma Noites – vol. 1, o inquieto

2015 / Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland / 125 min / N-13
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Director(s) - Miguel Gomes
Screenwriter(s) - Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro
Actors - Miguel Gomes, Cristina Alfaiate, Joana de Verona, Carloto Cotta, Rogério Samora, Adriano Luz, Teresa Madruga, Américo Silva
Producer(s) - Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar, Maren Ade, Thomas Ordonneau, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Elena Tatti, Thierry Spicher, Elodie Brunner
Cinematographer - Lisa Persson, Mário Castanheira, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editor(s) - Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Filipe Marques
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Sales agent - The Match Factory
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Dialogues - Portuguese, English, French
Subtitles - Lithuanian
Portugal – a country in crisis. A movie director is immersed in a new film but fails to find any meaning in his work, so he runs off like a coward, leaving the young and beautiful Scheherazade to take his role. With courage and enthusiasm, she tries to change her ill-fated destiny and not to bore the king with grim stories. As the nights pass, restlessness leads to desolation and in turn to enchantment. In Volume 1, Scheherazade tells of the unrest sweeping the land: “It has reached me, O auspicious King, that in a sad country among all countries where people dream of mermaids and whales, and unemployment is spreading…” With daybreak, she falls silent.


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