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Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One
Sat 3 June 2017, 10:30 – 13:00 BST
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One, Miguel Gomes, 2015, 131 mins
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 Police 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.
— “Damned tales! If things continue this way my daughter will surely end up with her throat slit!” — the Grand-Vizier, Scheherazade’s father, thinks in his palace in Bagdad. (The Match Factory)
The screening of the three episodes of Miguel Gomes’s Arabian Nights (The Restless One, The Desolate One, The Enchanted One) is part of a wider event on Culture and Crisis in Portugal during the recent economic crisis and financial bailout taking place in the country. The event will include other film screenings, video presentations and debates with artists and political militants.