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Arabian Nights: Vol 1 - The Restless One

UK Release Date Friday, 22 April 2016
Certificate TBC
Director Miguel Gomes
Cast Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz, Américo Silva
Distributor New Wave Films

Synopsis



After opening with overlapping documentary portraits of a shipyard and a man staving off a nasty swarm of wasps, the director appears on screen, contemplating his overly ambitious undertaking. From these tentative beginnings, Gomes spins a satirical tale about the financial powers-that-be preying on Portugal’s vulnerability. Next up is the comic story of the role a rooster plays in a local election, followed by a sobering triptych of anecdotal interviews with unemployed citizens. Set just before the new year, they suggest that the turn of the calendar promises fresh troubles rather than new hope.

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