The Song of Scorpions
The gorgeous swirling sands of the Thar Desert provide the backdrop for this emotional revenge saga about a scorpion singer, famed shamanistic healer that could supposedly cure scorpion bites by chanting, who has lost her grandmother after suffering an assault.
Noreen is a scorpion singer, ancient healers of the beautiful and punishing Thar Desert. Legends have it they can cure scorpion bites with melodious chants in tune with the victim's pulse. She's under the tutelage of her wise and renowned grandmother, played by legendary actress Waheeda Rehman (Guide, Neel Kamal). When a camel trader named Aadam (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi) arrives to the village seeking commerce, he falls for her enchanting song. Aadam's affections for Noreen are a one-way street but he refuses to give up pursuit, leading to a beatdown from the local townspeople weary of anyone harassing their scorpion singer, while Aadam's friend cruelly pretends to suffer a scorpion bite and sexually assaults Noreen. Upon returning home from the trauma, Noreen finds her grandmother has gone missing, compounding a physical and emotional turmoil that steals her singing voice and ostracizes from the community. So begins an epic quest for revenge and the return of her once-powerful voice. Utterly entrancing sun-drenched cinematography of the rolling sands and a vivid score set this visually arresting film apart from contemporary revenge sagas.
Born in 1961 in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, director Anup Singh studied film and television production in India and is now a British citizen living in Switzerland. His first feature film, Ekti Nadir Naam (2001), became extremely popular in the festival circuit, winning the Silver Dhow Prize at the Zanzibar Film Festival.
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- Director: Anup Singh
- Principal Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Irrfan Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora, Kritika Pande
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: India
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 119 minutes
- Producer: Saskia Vischer, Shahaf Peled, Michel Merkt
- Screenplay: Anup Singh
- Cinematographers: Pietro Zuercher, Carlotta Holy-Steinemann
- Editors: Marie-Pierre Frappier
- Music: Beatrice Thiriet
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2013); Ekti Nodir Naam (2002)
- Language: Hindi
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: The Match Factory