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The Desolate One: Portugal’s Oscar hopeful released today


- The second volume of Arabian Nights is arguably the most consistent instalment in Miguel Gomes’ trilogy

The Desolate One: Portugal’s Oscar hopeful released today
Arabian Nights - The Desolate One by Miguel Gomez

The second volume of Arabian Nights, The Desolate One [+see also:
film review
interview: Miguel Gomes
film profile
by Miguel Gomes, is opening today in 16 theatres all across Portugal, about a month after the theatrical release of the first instalment, The Restless One [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Miguel Gomes
film profile
(read more).

Arguably the most consistent of the three volumes, The Desolate One is also the most narrative-driven and probably the most conventional and accessible of them all. Starting with a tale adapted from a local miscellaneous news item – a man from the countryside accused of trying to kill his ex-wife and daughter manages to escape and disappears for weeks, reportedly helped by locals – the film then adopts a more satirical tone, focusing on a judge (Luísa Cruz) presiding over a surreal trial. It finally takes on a darker tone as it portrays episodes in a suburban neighbourhood in Lisbon, seen through the eyes of a dog named Dixie.

The Desolate One, which has entered the Oscars race (read more), has also recently been chosen to represent Portugal in the race for the Goya in the Best Latin American Film category. The Goyas ceremony will be held in February 2016, in Madrid.

Meanwhile, Arabian Nights – The Restless One has become the third most-seen Portuguese film released in 2015, attracting almost 12,600 viewers and grossing nearly €64,200 so far.

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