Black Gold, the new film from Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet, Two Brothers) starring Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto, Tahar Rahim, Corey Johnson, Riz Ahmed and French-Cameroonian actor Eriq Ebouaney.
An adaptation of Hans Reusch’s novel The Great Thirst, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s epic adventure film is set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.
Ebouaney plays the role of Hassan Dakhil; though I haven’t been successful at learning how significant the role is. While Pinto plays the role of Princess Lallah, daughter of ambitious Emir Nassib (Banderas) and wife to a forward-thinking Prince Auda (Rahim), Kebede plays an opposing role in Black Gold as Aicha, the wild Bedouin woman who lives off the land and makes her own rules, presenting a stark contrast to the supposedly privileged princess locked in her fortress.
Black Gold (aka “Or noir”) released to U.S. theaters last year on December 23rd, 2011.