Black Gold (also known as Day of the Falcon and Or noir) is a 2011 French epic historical war film, based on Hans Ruesch's 1957 novel South of the Heart: A Novel of Modern Arabia (also known as The Great Thirst and The Arab). It was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, produced by Tarak Ben Ammar and co-produced by Doha Film Institute. The film stars Tahar Rahim, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Mark Strong and Riz Ahmed.
In the early 20th century, Emir Nesib (Antonio Banderas), Sultan of Hobeika, and Sultan Amar (Mark Strong) of Salmaah have been in a border war over a vast barren strip they call "The Yellow Belt". When Nesib wins he forces Amar to agree to a peace pact: the Yellow Belt will belong to neither, becoming a no-man's-land between their territories, and Emir Nesib will take Sultan Amar's sons, Saleh and Auda, as hostages. Amar reluctantly agrees, knowing the hostages are a sacred trust which binds Nesib as well. They both swear to the pact before God. Nesib promises to rear Amar's sons with his own children, Tariq and Leyla.
|author||Jean-Jacques Annaud Menno Meyjes|
|keywords||20th century armored car armored cars betray carrier pigeon carrier pigeons cholera cunning doctor who double crossed free spirit fresh water gold watch head injury head trauma homing pigeon houston kill king of england last rites learn meet monarchy of the united kingdom nothing oil company oil revenue oil well overwhelms them by sheer numbers sacred shale slave girl spring swarm than the the king wed west|
|producer||Tarak Ben Ammar|
|productionCompany||Benelux Film Distributors Warner Bros.|
|publisher||Image Entertainment Warner Bros.|
|theme||epic noir war|