Arabian Nights (2015 film)

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Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights (2015 film) POSTER.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Miguel Gomes
Produced by Luís Urbano
Screenplay by Miguel Gomes
Mariana Ricardo
Telmo Churro
Based on One Thousand and One Nights
Starring Crista Alfaiate
Dinarte Branco
Carloto Cotta
Adriano Luz
Rogério Samora
Maria Rueff
Cristina Carvalhal
Music by Mariana Ricardo
Cinematography Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Edited by Telmo Churro
O Som e a Fúria
Shellac Sud
Komplizen Film
BOX Productions
Release dates
  • 16 May 2015 (2015-05-16) (Cannes)
Running time
381 minutes (uncut)

125 minutes (Volume 1) 131 minutes (Volume 2) 125 minutes (Volume 3)

Country Portugal
Language Portuguese
Budget €2.7 million

Arabian Nights (Portuguese: As Mil e uma Noites) is a 2015 international co-produced three-part film directed by Miguel Gomes[1][2] and based on the One Thousand and One Nights.[3][4] It was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[5] The film was also selected to be shown in the Wavelengths section of the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.[6] Part two of the film, Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One, was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[7][8]


The film is set in Portugal, with the plot drawing from current events. The structure of the film is based on the One Thousand and One Nights collection of fantasy tales.



Production was expected to end in August 2014 and the film was expected to be completed in February 2015.[9][10]


Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter called the first part a "frequently fascinating collage of stories"[11] and the second part "an appropriately striking, dramatic and even mirthful work that, however, would make little sense on its own."[12]

Richard Brody of The New Yorker considered the series a "passionately investigative, floridly imaginative triptych" and its first installment "an uproarious and scathing, compassionate and urgent outburst.”[13] Brody went on to conclude that "Gomes single-handedly reinvent[ed] the political cinema.”[14]

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  1. ^ "Eurimages supports 20 co-productions". 22 October 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ficha Técnica". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Tiago Bartolomeu Costa (10 September 2013). "Miguel Gomes e o cinema que não dispensa o mundo". Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "AS MIL E UMA NOITES". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy (18 April 2015). "Cannes: Miguel Gomes’ ‘Arabian Nights’ to Screen in Directors’ Fortnight". Variety. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sandra Bullock’s ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ Robert Redford’s ‘Truth’ to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Filme de Miguel Gomes candidato a nomeação nos Óscares 2016". TVI24. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Portugal Selects 'Arabian Nights: Vol. 2 -The Desolate One' as Oscar Submission". IndieWire. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Filme de Miguel Gomes leva "baleia" à praia da Barra". (in Portuguese). 3 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Eurico de Barros (10 September 2013). "Miguel Gomes põe Xerazade a contar histórias da crise". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Boyd van Hoeij (May 16, 2015). "'Arabian Nights — Volume 1, The Restless One' ('As mil e uma noites — Volume 1, o inquieto'): Cannes Review". Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ Boyd van Hoeij (May 22, 2015). "'Arabian Nights — Volume 2: The Desolate One' ('As mil e uma noites — Volume 2, o desolado'): Cannes Review". Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ Brody, Richard (September 28, 2015). "Present Tense". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  14. ^ Brody, Richard. "Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One [Goings On About Town]". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 

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