With "Tabu – Eine Geschichte von Liebe und Schuld" (2012) Miguel Gomes created a unique work of filmic poetry that garnered numerous awards and was highly praised by the critics. His new film "1001 Nacht" ("Arabian Nights") in which he uses the structure and motifs taken from the famous collection of oriental folk tales and relays them to current political events is no less idiosyncratic. Gomes himself stars as a Portuguese director who tries to capture the economic plight of his homeland but fails. This is why the enchanting Scheherazade takes up the task of narrating. She has to use a lot of finesse, however, so as to not bore the king with her sad stories of a country in despair. In three chapters, she unfolds a fascinating panorama of comedy and tragedy, realism and fairy tale, poetic highlights and sober criticism. This is also why the monumental film comes in three parts. The first one "Der Ruhelose" ("The Restless One") screens in theaters starting on Thursday, the follow-up parts open at intervals of two weeks.