Archive of films Noor / Noor
France / Pakistan
2012, 79 min
Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
After leaving Pakistan’s Khusras transgender community, Noor appears as a man and takes a man’s job at a company that decorates transport trucks. He even finds a girl who loves him as he is.… But an unfortunate scuffle with a drunken rapist sends the feminine-looking youth on a journey in a stolen truck that forces him to redefine his own identity. This fascinating road movie offers viewers a bluntly poetic invitation to dance.
Shafiq is known as Noor in Pakistan’s Khusras transgender community, where he found the kind of love that changed his life. Now, however, he will appear as a man and take on a man’s work for a company that ornately decorates transport trucks. He even finds a girl who loves him as he is. And despite objections from Yasmeen’s brother, Noor goes ahead with the wedding plans. But a scuffle with a drunken rapist sends him on a journey in a stolen truck that forces him to redefine his own identity and his place in the world. Noor’s destination is a mountain lake: according to his wise old boss Babu, the lake is shrouded in legend and will allow Noor to magically bring about a definitive transformation.… This fascinating road movie inspired by real events in the lead actor’s life is the debut of an international creative duo: Turkish Çağla Zencirci and Frenchman Guillaume Giovanetti. Their film presents viewers with a bluntly poetic invitation to dance.
About the director
Çağla Zencirci (b. 1976, Ankara) and Guillaume Giovanetti (b. 1978, Lyons) form a moviemaking partnership whose short films and documentaries (realized in the Mideast, Asia, and Europe) have brought them numerous awards at dozens of international festivals (including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Tampere, and Marseilles). Their work includes the short documentary Shanty Garden Town (2007), the award-winning dramatic short Ata (2008), and the short doc Camera Obscura (2012), aired on many European TV channels. Their feature debut Noor (2012) came about with support from the Media program. They are now at work in Japan on their next project.
About the film
|Section:||Forum of Independents - Competition|
|Director:||Çağla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti|
|Screenplay:||Çağla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti|
|Dir. of Photography:||Jacques Ballard|
|Editor:||Tristan Meunier, Misko Netchak|
|Producer:||Svetlana Novak, Cristine Asperti|
|Production:||C’est au 3|
|Cast:||Noor, Uzma Ali, Baba Muhammad, Gunga Saeen, Mithu Saeen|