Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One
Part two of Miguel Gomes’ epic inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, in which Scheherazade tells of how desolation invaded men: “It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that a distressed Judge will cry instead of giving out her sentence on a night when all three moons are aligned. A runaway murderer will wander through the land for over forty days and will teletransport himself to escape the Guard while dreaming of prostitutes and partridges. A wounded cow will reminisce about a thousand-year-old olive tree while saying what she must say, which will sound none less than sad! The residents of a tower block in the suburbs will save parrots and piss inside lifts while surrounded by dead people and ghosts; including in fact a dog that…”. And seeing the morning break, Scheherazade fell silent.
With: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Gonçalo Waddington, Joana de Verona, Teresa Madruga, João Pedro Bénard
Screenplay: Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro
Director of Photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Film Editor: Telmo Churro, Pedro Filipe Marques, Miguel Gomes
Production Designer: Bruno Duarte, Artur Pinheiro
Costume Design: Silvia Grabovski, Lucha d'Orey
Sound: Vasco Pimentel
Producer: Luís Urbano
Production Company: O Som e a Fúria
Co-Producer: Thomas Ordonneau, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Elena Tatti, Thierry Spicher
Co-Production Company: Shellac Sud, Komplizen Film, Box Productions
World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH
Distributor: Real Fiction Filmverleih e.K.
Director: Miguel Gomes