The last installment of Miguel Gomes’s film Arabian nights takes a different approach to story telling than the first two volume (Arabian nights volume 1: The restless one and Arabian nights volume 2: The desolate one) As a canvas, Gomes takes the character of Scheherazade from the middle east book of stories One thousand and one nights to tell his own stories about the effects of austerity measures on the Portuguese. In Arabian nights volume 3: The enchanted one Scheherazade is the main subject of the first segment. As played by Crista Alfaiate, Scheherazade does not seem to have much worries about the future. She is surrounded by other beautiful youths, both male and female, and she even sings beautifully. The second segment is a documentary about bird-trappers who teach their chaffinches a variety of songs for birdsong competitions. The other volumes had a narator telling the stories. Here there is a text on the screen telling us what is happening and its meaning. There is a lot of reading to do. And I mean a lot! As a whole this trilogy of films is daring and unusual. But it is not for everyone.
Arabian nights volume 3: The enchanted one
Inspired by One thousand and one nights
In Portuguese, English, German and Mandarin with English subtitles