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by Miguel Gomes


In which Scheherazade tells of the restlessness that befell the country: “It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that in a sad country among all countries, where people dream of mermaids and whales, and unemployment is spreading. In certain places, forests burn into the night despite the falling rain; men and women long to set out to sea in the middle of Winter. Sometimes there are animals that talk although it is highly improbable that they are listened to. In this country, where things are not what they appear to be, men of power promenade on camels and hide permanent and shameful erections; they await the moment when taxes are collected so they can pay a certain wizard whom…” And seeing the morning break, Scheherazade fell silent.

international title: Arabian Nights - Volume 1, The Restless One
original title: As 1001 noites - Volume 1, o inquieto
country: Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Miguel Gomes
film run: 125'
release date: FR 24/06/2015, ES 3/06/2016
screenplay: Miguel Gomes, Telmo Churro, Mariana Ricardo
cast: Joana de Verona, Diogo Dória, Gonçalo Waddington, Rogério Samora, Adriano Luz
cinematography by: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
film editing: Telmo Churro, Pedro Marques
art director: Artur Pinheiro
costumes designer: Silvia Grabowski
producer: Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
co-producer: Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkt, Olivier Père
production: O Som e a Fúria, Shellac Sud, Komplizen Film, Box Productions
backing: ZDF, ARTE, CNC (Aide aux Cinémas du Monde)
distributor: Shellac Distribution, September Film Distribution, Golem Distribución


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2015Directors' Fortnight
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2015
Vienna International Film Festival 2015
Dublin Film Festival 2016

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