An ambitious three-part project, Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights is a 6-hour epic film loosely inspired by the fairy tales in One Thousand and One Nights. Although the film borrows the structure and narrator of the collection, Arabian Nights does not use the actual tales themselves. Instead it is a focus on the economic crisis in Portugal where unemployment has reached a record high. With Gomes’ unique tone, he creates a triptych that weaves both sadness and whimsy. The film screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight) as well as the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.
For this piece at Lincoln Center, I reworked the poster to fit the needs of the art house theatre. It samples all three of the original posters to create a screenshot of the film.
Directed by Miguel Gomes. With Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz & Americo Silva. U.S. distribution by Kino Lorber.