Marina Warner

LRB Screen X MUBI: Arabian Nights, Monday 20 May, 8pm

May 14, 2024

At The Garden Cinema (London WC2B 5PQ), Marina will be introducing the film Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One (2015), the first in a trilogy of films by the Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes. The screening is organised by the London Review Bookshop with MUBI, part of their long-running film series exploring of the art of literary adaptation.

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One uses the framing device and other structural elements of its titular inspiration to explore the state of austerity in contemporary Portugal across all strata of society. Tonally and formally various, weaving together stories from diverse sources, locations, characters and scenarios, it’s a satirical, sobering and invigorating account of how meaning is made, power challenged and justice sought. It’s also a vivid, uninhibited celebration of the imagination itself. Hugely acclaimed upon its release, Jonathan Romney wrote in the Observer that ‘it was the most authentically crazy film on show here, the biggest splash of true innovation in Cannes, and an unmissable art event.’

Tickets are £12 and available here!