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Black Gold (Or Noir) trailer feels epic

OrNoir.jpgJean-Jacques Annaud has directed the film Black Gold (Or Noir) in the Sahara, no closed studio sets and CG landscapes here, and he's pulled together a fantastic and diverse cast for the film, Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto, Tahar Rahim and Corey Johnson. The film, written by Annaud and Menno Meyjes comes from the Hans Ruesch novel Arab and looks at the discovery of oil in a region of the desert that two tribes had agreed to leave untouched.

The story is set around the Arab states of the 1930's a period I'm not too clear on historically so I'm unsure if this is a romanticised story with some fact, or totally made up. However it does look like it's going to be rather an epic tale already.

The trailer for Black Gold (Or Noir) does look good, and you can make comparisons to many desert based tales that have come before it, as well as tales of men, corruption and oil, you can see the comparisons for yourself, but try not to make them and judge the trailer for what it is, its own film.

The film is due to arrive in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar on the 25th of October with releases in France on the 23rd of November, America on the 23rd December and Spain on the 20th of January, well that's what IMDb say, but First Showing who have the trailer through Vlicious say that the film doesn't have a U.S. distributor but is due for releases throughout Europe and the UK.

I hope the latter is the case because it looks like the kind of film I'd like to see in a cinema in winter, something about the desert. Seriously though, it does look like there are going to be strong and dramatic performances galore, and the tale of fathers, sons, rightful rulers and epic battles all seem to point to that word again, epic.

Here's the trailer for Black Gold:



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