Art house distributor Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Miguel Gomes’ epic “Arabian Nights.” Making waves at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the six-hour trilogy discusses Portugal’s social and economic plight, using real journalistic accounts that were then fictionalized and occasionally set to the tune of fairy tales. The films recently won top honors at the Sydney Film Festival.
Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said, “Miguel’s amazing ‘Arabian Nights’ is a shape shifting work of unprecedented originality and intelligence. It astounded us in Cannes and we as a company exist to bring this kind of visionary cinema to welcoming screens across North America. It’s also a helluva lot of fun — I can’t wait to see it again with ‘civilian’ audiences.”
All three films (“The Restless One,” “The Desolate One” and “The Enchanted One”) will be shown at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center. The first will debut on December 4, the second on December 11 and the third on December 18. Festival dates will be announced soon, with more release dates coming in 2016, including on VOD platforms.