EXCLUSIVE: German sales team launches experimental Miguel Gomes drama at EFM.
German outfit The Match Factory has begun talking to buyers at the EFM about Tabu director Miguel Gomes’ latest project Arabian Nights (As 1001 Noites).
Gomes’ film transposes contemporary Portugal - beset by economic crisis - into the structure of the famous collection of folk tales One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights.
Stories within the film will be based on real stories taken from news and press in Portugal during the production period.
The one-year shoot started in early December 2013 and will continue throughout 2014.
The cast includes Adriano Luz, Carloto Cotta, Rogério Samora, Diogo Dória and Crista Alfaiate.
Co-writers include Tabu writer Mariana Ricardo and Tabu editor Telmo Churro. Uncle Boonmee cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom is also on board.
The production has also created an online blog (www.as1001noites.com/en) for the film featuring contributions from Portuguese journalists and illustrators.
O Som E A Fúria produces with Shellac Sud, Komplizenfilm and BOX Productions.
Arthouse sales juggernaut The Match Factory, which has four films in competition at the Berlinale and one in Panorama, previously repped Gomes’ Venice 2013 premiere Redemption and the director’s 2012 Berlinale competition drama Tabu, which won the festival’s FIPRESCI and Alfred Bauer Award.