ARABIAN NIGHTS, a trilogy directed by Miguel Gomes

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Arabian Nights:
Vol. 1, The Restless One
Vol. 2, The Desolate One
Vol. 3, The Enchanted One

A trilogy by Miguel Gomes

Begins in Montreal – Cinema du Parc (3575 Avenue du Parc)

December 18, 2015

Begins in Vancouver – Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St)

January 1, 2016

Begins in Toronto – TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W)

January 8, 2016

Official Selection:
Cannes Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
New York Film Festival

“[A] cinematic treasure chest. The biggest, wildest, most motley and ambitious achievement of the year…” – The Nation

A masterpiece… Meets the mess of life on its own clear and true terms.” – The Village Voice

“Uproarious and scathing, compassionate and urgent…” – The New Yorker

Video Services Corp. (VSC) brings one of the year’s most ambitious and unique cinematic experiences to Canada, beginning its theatrical rollout in Montreal on December 18, followed by Vancouver January 1, and Toronto January 8.

A major hit at this year’s Cannes and TIFF, Arabian Nights, directed by Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes (Tabu), adopts the structure of “Arabian Nights” as he tackles the European economic crisis in a thrillingly imaginative three-part epic.

With legendary storyteller queen Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate) at the narrative helm, Gomes constructs elaborate stories infused with folklore to paint a lurid, surreal portrait of a contemporary Portugal in crisis. Weaving potent satire with magical realism, characters like a talking rooster, exploding whale, teleporting murderers, ghosts, and virginal mermaids, all work to beautifully detail the country’s descent into unemployment and austerity.

A 2012 Berlin Jury prize winner for his previous, critically acclaimed film Tabu, Gomes worked for a full year with researchers and journalists in order to capture true tales of hardship from across Portugal. Vol. 2 of the film, The Desolate One, has already earned Portugal’s official entry as Best Foreign Language film for the 2016 Academy Awards.

As vibrant as it is unpredictable, Arabian Nights is an awe-inspiring example of cinematic freedom and a must-see for all cinephiles.

Arabian Nights: Vol. 1, The Restless One, Vol. 2, The Desolate One and Vol. 3, The Enchanted One will be released over three consecutive weeks in Montreal.

While all three parts will be released in Vancouver beginning January 1, 2016 and in Toronto beginning January 8, 2016.

About Video Services Corp.

Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves,” and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for U.S. Documentary The Wolfpack, TIFF 2015 Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award first runner-up This Changes Everything, and 2015 Berlinale Golden Bear winner Jafar Panahi’s Taxi. Upcoming titles include TIFF selection Sunset Song, and comedy horror sensation Nina Forever.

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