Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

“Gomes’s sui generis epic concludes with arguably its most eccentric—and most enthralling—installment. Scheherazade escapes the king for an interlude of freedom in Old Baghdad, envisioned here as a sunny Mediterranean archipelago complete with hippies and break-dancers. After her eventual return to her palatial confines comes the most lovingly protracted of all the stories in Arabian Nights, a documentary chronicle of Lisbon-area bird trappers preparing their prized finches for birdsong competitions. Right to the end, Gomes’s film balances the leisurely art of the tall tale with a sense of deadline urgency—a reminder that for Scheherazade, and perhaps for us all, stories can be a matter of life and death.”—New York Film Festival

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Comedy

Other Films by Miguel Gomes

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Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One

“The middle section of Gomes’s monumental yet light-footed magnum opus shifts into a more subdued and melancholic register. But within each of these three tales, framed as the wild imaginings of the Arabian queen Scheherazade and adapted from recent real-life events in Portugal, there are surprises and digressions aplenty. In the first, a deadpan neo-Western

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Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One

“An up-to-the minute rethinking of what it means to make a political film today, Gomes’s shape-shifting paean to the art of storytelling strives for ‘a fictional form from facts.’ Gomes turns actual events into the stuff of fable, and channels it all through the mellifluous voice of Scheherazade, the mythic queen of the classic folktale.