The first thing you should know about Arabian Nights is that it’s nearly six hours long. For perspective, that’s longer than Lawrence of Arabia but shorter than the scene in Sex and the City 2 where Samantha screams “Lawrence of my laaaabiaaa!” Portuguese director Miguel Gomes (Tabu), furious at the harsh 2013 austerity measures that forced millions of his country mates into poverty, has fought back with a surreal and boundlessly creative trilogy of movies that express his rage. Spanning his nation’s history through a series of heavily allegorical tales, Gomes’s epic does nothing less than capture the soul of a battered but brilliant country. Volume 1, Sept 30 at 6pm; Volume 2, Oct 1 at 6pm; Volume 3, Oct 2 at 6pm
With selections cherry-picked from the current world of cinema, the annual New York Film Festival is your essential movie event. This year’s official Main Slate boasts a keenly selected 26 features, not to mention the other gems playing in sidebars devoted to revivals and special events. Where to begin? Allow us to lend a hand. We’ve scoured the lineup, put in many pleasurable viewing hours and are now passing along our knowledge. Here are the 10 upcoming movies you can’t pass up at the festival this fall.
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