Special Presentation Feature #1
The Song of Scorpions
A twisted tale of love between a camel trader and a mystical singer plays out amidst the breathtaking scenery in the deserts of Rajasthan.
In the deep desert of Jaisalmer, an ancient legend speaks about the sting of the local scorpion that can kill any man in 24 hours. The only antidote is to find a sage singer who can read the melody in the victim’s pulse and sing a countermelody.
Nooran is a spirited young woman who takes after her shaman grandmother, curing the poisoned villagers with her singing. Beautiful and bewitching, she charms camel trader Aadam, who falls head over heels for her affection without any luck. Tragedy strikes one night, and Nooran finds herself stripped of her healing powers. With Aadam’s help, she regains her inner strength, only to discover the circumstances that led her to love, was not an act of goodwill.
The Song of Scorpions is a visual spectacle, lensed by Swiss cinematographers Pietro Zuercher and Carlotta Holy-Steinemann who chose to highlight the barren sandy landscapes in luscious earthy hues. The strength of the film however lies in the chemistry between the two leads – the charismatic Irrfan Khan, and the radiant Golshifteh Farahani – both award winners in their own right. Sensuous and captivating, Farahani’s passionate reflection of Nooran contrasts beautifully with Khan’s quietly stoic, yet loving portrayal of Aadam. Featuring songs by renowned Indian composer and lyricist Madan Gopal Singh, the film will mesmerize you with its blend of mythology, folk legend and the fervor of love, revenge and loss.
Cast & Credits
Anup Singh’s first feature film, The Name of a River (2001) was invited to more than 30 festivals. His second, the award-winning QISSA – The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2013) had its World Première at Toronto. The Song of Scorpions, his third feature, had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival 2017.
Saskia Vischer, Shahaf Peled, Michel Merkt
Golshifteh Farahani, Irrfan Khan, Waheeda Rehman
• In-competition, Locarno International Film Festival 2017