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Anup Singh – The Song of Scorpions #Locarno70

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A song to heal one from poison like a film to confront spectators with an alternative truth

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29 min. and 43 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Anup Singh, director of the film The Song of Scorpions.

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Director Anup Singh’s latest film premiered in Piazza Grande during the 70th Locarno Festival in Switzerland. In this extensive interviews, recorded over two sessions in different locations, allows us to dig deep into The Song of Scorpions but also into the mind of Singh, who tells us about his ideas on filmmaking, art, life, and some of the topics and elements that inspired his latest film. Singh tells us that the film came to him in a dream, and was inspired by his outrage towards the terrible acts of violence towards women that have taken place in India over the past number of years. This leads to a conversation about the flaws and dangers of a partriarchal society. We also talk about the importance of music, language, and art in this context. How does a film present us with an alternative truth, and how does it do so in The Song of Scorpions? Other topics discussed in this interview include: his screenwriting technique; setting up rhythm and pace during filmmaking; the powerful presence of the desert, which is a character of its own in The Song of Scorpions; the lead performances of the film by Irrfan Khan and Golshifteh Farahani; and much more.

The Song of Scorpions: Nooran is learning the ancient art of healing from her grandmother, a scorpion-singer. Aadam, a camel trader, falls in love when he hears her sing. But before long, Nooran is poisoned by a treachery and must undertake a journey to avenge herself and find her song.

For the official page of the film on the festival website, click here.


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Anup Singh
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Song of Scorpions
  • Festival section
    Piazza Grande
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