28th SGIFF: In Conversation | The Song of Scorpions
Patterned like the music of Rajasthan’s desert civilization and unfurling like a folktale, The Song of Scorpions explores another mystic realm related to love - reflecting on possession, revenge and compassion. Anup Singh’s stunning feature stars Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, fresh off her Paterson fame, and acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan as two individuals confronted by their desires, fury and fervor amidst the unforgiving sparseness of their homeland. Join us in this In Conversation session with the director and cast, and find out how much of their own passions radiate within the film.
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.
Acclaimed by critics as one of the best actor of his generation, award-winning Indian actor Irrfan Khan’s career spans over more than 70 films in India, the UK and Hollywood, including Salaam Bombay! (1988), The Namesake (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Life of Pi (2012), The Lunchbox (2013), The Jungle Book (2016) and more. In 2011, Khan received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour for his contribution to the field of the arts.
Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress, musician and singer who lives in France. Farahani has acted in 25 films, many of which have received international recognition. In recent years she has played a leading role in movies by well-known Iranian and international directors, including Asghar Farhadi, Jim Jarmusch and Ridley Scott, amongst others.
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