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Singapore funds partner up on Swiss-French co-pro

Aurora Media Holdings and M! Capital Ventures to co-fund and co-produce Anup Singh’s latest film, The Song of Scorpions.


Singapore-based film funds and distribution entities Aurora Media Holdings and M! Capital Ventures have joined the Swiss-French co-production structure of the feature film, The Song of Scorpions, a sweeping drama about twisted love and revenge amidst the scenic Thar Desert of Rajasthan in India. The financing and co-producing deal, which had been in negotiation for several months, was ratified in Cannes 2017 and concluded this week.

The Song of Scorpions is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Anup Singh, known for his acclaimed 2013 period-drama, Qissa, about a son-less Sikh father of 3 daughters struggling to continue his family’s lineage. The Geneva-based, Punjab-born Singh tackles tricky family dynamics once again in The Song of Scorpions, only this time it revolves around the perverse relationship of a husband and wife, whose marriage is rooted in grief and anger.

The Song of Scorpions is a story of twisted love, revenge and the redemptive power of a song. Nooran, carefree and defiantly independent, is a young tribal woman living in the Thar desert of Rajasthan. She is learning the ancient art of healing from her grandmother, a revered scorpion-singer. Aadam, a camel trader in love with Nooran, is repeatedly rejected by her. When Nooran is poisoned by a brutal violation, she sets off on a journey to heal, avenge herself and find her song.

French-Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Paterson), portrays the role of the headstrong Nooran while Indian heavyweight, Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, Life of Pi, The Lunchbox), plays the camel trader Aadam, which marks Khan’s second collaboration with Singh, after portraying the lead in Qissa.


Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan in "The Song of Scorpions."

Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan in “The Song of Scorpions.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Aurora Media and M! Capital on board The Song of Scorpions, representing a solid foothold for the project in the Southeast Asia region, as well as their growing international reach. Singapore is a strong base for local and international cinema, with a focus on independent productions that have significant crossover potential,” says Saskia Vischer, producer of The Song of Scorpions and the CEO and Co-Founder of Feather Light Films.  Co-producing the film is Monaco-based KNM under the stewardship of Golden Globe-winning producer, Michel Merkt (Elle, Toni Erdmann, It’s Only the End of the World, Maps to the Stars).

“The Song of Scorpions has a beautiful heart and soul wrapped around its gorgeous production values, with amazing talent attached in front and behind the camera. Aurora Media is proud to come together with M! Capital, Feather Light, KNM, and their creative team to form a truly multi-cultural co-production between Europe, India, and Singapore,” says Justin Deimen, Group Managing Partner and Head of Investments, Aurora Media Holdings. The producers have also recently entered investments in Southeast Asian film projects and the Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney fronted Storm Boy remake.

Aurora Media and M! Capital have also recently co-produced and executive produced another European-Indian co-production named The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir starring South Indian superstar Dhanush and Oscar® nominees Berenice Bejo and Barkhad Abdi.

Sreyashi Sen, Head of Distribution, M! Capital Ventures Singapore and Founder of Darpan Singapore adds – “We are indeed delighted to be working together with Aurora Media on our second international co-production involving multiple countries. The Song of Scorpions is a uniquely handled project of artistic integrity that appeals to a diverse audience, which is in line with our investment strategy and also from a filmmaker who maintains strong Asian strands with global appeal.”

Shot in India and post-produced in Switzerland and France through co-producer Cine Sud Promotion’s Thierry Lenouvel, The Song of Scorpions is expecting completion of the film later this summer. The film is also supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Cinéforom, Loterie Romande, CNC Aide aux cinemas du monde and Eurimages.

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Janice freelances as a Screenwriter and Director in the Philippines and the U.S., but her first, great love will always be Creative Writing. She's contributed for dailies and magazines in her island hometown of Cebu from the age of 14. One of her most exciting writing gigs was in the Film section of the now-defunct lifestyle webzine, Limité, in which she got to interview one of her filmmaker heroes, Richard Linklater in New York City in 2012. When she's not writing or daydreaming up stories, Janice loves to go backpacking around small islands, making driftwood art, and playing with her Shih-Poo dog, Brandy.

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