Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One
Despite a hefty total running time of 338 minutes (it has been split into three parts), Arabian Nights won the top prize at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. The comedy-drama from director Miguel Gomes is loosely inspired by the classic folk tales, bringing them into present-day Portugal. While at times sprawling, its vignettes are frequently funny and wryly perverse, according to The Guardian;The Hollywood Reporter called it a “frequently fascinating collage of stories”. One performance in particular has drawn praise from critics: that of Lucky, a, Maltipoo (half Maltese and half miniature poodle) who won Palm Dog at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival – the top prize for canine performance. Released 27 July in Poland, 2 August in Australia and 27 August in Portugal.