Before Scheherazade continues to tell about the present-day ordeals of the Portuguese people, she first chooses for herself in this conclusion of the Arabian Nights trilogy. Longing to get to know the world, she encounters bandits and genies and, defying space and time, has a serious talk with her father in a modern-day Ferris wheel. She then takes up the Portuguese thread again and leads us around, by way of counterpoint, in the tight community of finch trappers in the suburbs of Lisbon. Loosely interlaced with scenes of police demonstrations and the adventures of a female Chinese student as voice-over.
Many of the actors in Arabian Nights play multiple roles. Some of them, including several bird trappers, play themselves. These bird fanciers provide the trilogy’s most realistic portrayal of contemporary life in Portugal, with the love of birdsong as poetic touch. Yet even here an Oriental genie can suddenly pop up. Imagination is thicker than water.

Original title
As mil e uma noites: Volume 3 – O encantado
Filmmaker
Miguel Gomes
Country
Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
125’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar, Thomas Ordonneau, Janine Jackowski, Elena Tatti, Elodie Brunner
Production Company
O Som e a Fúria, Shellac Sud, Komplizen Film GmbH, Box Productions
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Writer
Adriano Luz, Crista Alfaiate, Américo Silva, Rogério Samora, Carloto Cotta, Fernanda Loureiro
Cinematography
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Lisa Persson
Editor
Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Filipe Marques
Production Design
Bruno Duarte, Artur Pinheiro
Sound Design
Vasco Pimentel
Cast
Crista Alfaiate