Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Doha Tribeca Film Festival - Black Gold

I was lucky to get tickets to see Black Gold at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Katara. We went to the world premier at opening night and everyone was excited.

It was shown in the Opera House which was all lit up.

Everyone was waiting and anxious for it to begin.

Black Gold, which was filmed in Qatar and Tunisia, stars big names like Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Mark Strong. The actual main character, though, is played by lesser known French Algerian actor Tahar Rahim. Set in the 1930s and based on the book “The Great Thirst,” Black Gold centers on two Arab tribes fighting over a patch of desert - one is ruled by Banderas’ cunning character Emir Nesib, while the other by Strong’s hard and principled Sultan Amar. The conflict really comes to a head though, when a Texas oil man shows up to shower one of the rulers with all the petro-dollars he can dream of. And in the balance lie their children, and the peoples of Arabia (or whichever country they are in).  http://dohanews.co/post/11919613122

It turned out to be really amazing and I loved it.  Some of the parts filmed in Qatar were very clear and I had even been to some of the locations including some steep slopes at the Inland Sea!  The movie will be in theatres worldwide in the following months I believe.  Certainly worth seeing!

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