Black Gold

Release Date: 15 Nov 2012
Genre: Drama
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Antonio Banderas
Mark Strong
Freida Pinto


Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centres on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law. Emir Nesib (Antonio Banderas), sultan of a group of tribes and Sultan Amar (Mark Strong) of Salma are at a dispute with their border. Both have been fighting war for a vast barren land they call "The Yellow Belt". Emir Nesib decides to put an end to the war by striking a deal with Sultan Amar, where the Yellow Belt belongs to neither and should be left as a no man's land. As a guarantee, Emir Nesib takes Sultan Amar's kids Saleh and Auda so that Sultan would not break the pact. Reluctantly, Sultan Amar agrees. Years pass and the kids grow up. Auda (Tahar Rahim) is still the bookworm, while Saleh (Akin Gazi) hopes to see his father someday. The time comes when Nesib is told of valuable crude oil beneath the ground of the Yellow Belt...