A film by Miguel Gomes. "Arabian Nights" celebrated its premiere at the Directors' Fortnight - Cannes 2015

Year  2015

Length: 125, 132, 126 min

Format:   1:2.35

Country of production  GER, CHE, PRT, ITA

Intro | Synopsis

In Portugal - one European country in crisis - a film director proposes to build fictional stories from the miserable reality he is immersed in. However, failing to find meaning in his work, he cowardly runs away and leaves the beautiful Scheherazade to stand in his shoes. She will require enthusiasm and courage so as not to bore the King with sad stories of this country! As nights go past, restlessness leads to desolation and in turn to enchantment. Therefore Scheherazade organises the stories she tells the King in three volumes. She begins like this: "It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that in a sad country among all countries...".
Volume 1, The Restless One
Volume 2, The Desolate One
Volume 3, The Enchanted One


O Som e a Fúria, in co-production with Shellac Sud (France), Komplizen Film (Germany) and Box Productions (Switzerland); In co-production with Arte France Cinéma and ZDF/Arte, with the Participation of Arte France, RTP, RTS-Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR, Agat Films, Michel Merkt; with the Support of ICA, Eurimages, CNC, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte D'azur, Office Fédéral de la Culture (DFI), Cinéforom, Loterie Romande.


Crista Alfaiate

Luísa Cruz

Adriano Luz

Carloto Cotta

Américo Silva

Gonçalo Waddington

Joana de Verona

Rogério Samora

Bruno Bravo

Diogo Dória

Maria Rueff

Dinarte Branco

Teresa Madruga

João Pedro Bénard

Margarida Carpinteiro

Isabel Cardoso

Cristina Carvalhal

Xico Xapas


Directed by

Miguel Gomes


Miguel Gomes

Mariana Ricardo

Telmo Churro

Director of Photography

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom


Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Marques

Production Design

Bruno Duarte, Artur Pinheiro

Costume Design

Silvia Grabowski, Lucha D’Orey

Original Sound

Vasco Pimentel

Production Manager

Isabel Silva


Thomas Ordonneau (Shellac Sud)

Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)

Elena Tatti (Box Productions)


Luís Urbano

Sandro Aguilar (O Som e a Fúria)


Sydney International Film Festival

Sydney Film Prize

New Horizons International Film Festival


Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo

Silver Giraldillo

Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo

Asecan Best Film Award

EFA European Sound Design

to Vasco Pimentel & Miguel Martins

Fénix Awards

Best Editing

Caminhos do Cinema Português

Best Supporting Actress – Luísa Cruz, Best Director – Miguel Gomes, Best Screenplay – Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo and Telmo Churro

Prémios ÁQUILA

Best Actress - Crista Alfaiate


Cannes Film Festival

Directors’ Fortnight

Sydney Film Festival

New Horizons International Film Festival

Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo

Midnight Sun Film Festival

Filmfest München

Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Jerusalem International Film Festival


Curtas Vila do Conde

New Zealand Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Bergen International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival

Hiroshima International Film Festival

Mostra de São Paulo

Valdivia International Film Festival

New York Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo


Around the World in 14 Films

Mumbai Film Festival

Mar del Plata

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

World Film Festival Bangkok

Torino International Film Festival

Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife

Istanbul International Film Festival