The Challenge (2017 documentary)

Directed by Yuri Ancarani

Year: 2017
Running Time: 70
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: France, Italy
Language: Arabic
Genres: Documentary
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The Challenge (2017 documentary)

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Directed by Yuri Ancarani


Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state  is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris. The result is a film jaw-dropping not only for its displays of wealth, but for the pure cinematic beauty that won Ancarani the Filmmaker of the Present award at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival.

Reviews

“Stylistically brilliant. [A] fascinating insight into the high-class, blinged-out culture of Arabian falconers.”

"Ravishing. Despite all the feathery swooping and gunning motors, the flashing gold and pounding sun, these immaculately framed, balanced and photographed images have a tableaulike quality, characterized by a stillness (perhaps cultural or situational) that suggests a memento mori."

"There’s an exquisite visual luxury at play in this loose trip across the Arabian gulf to a falconry competition in Qatar."

"This is, needless to say, an original film. It is also wildly delightful."

“Exuberant. Contemporary tropes of material luxury and ancient rituals coexist throughout Yuri Ancarani’s documentary.”

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1515128400Opens January 2017
Laemmle Claremont 5 Claremont 1512968400December 11 - December 12, 2017
Laemmle Town Center 5 Encino 1512968400December 11 - December 12, 2017
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1512968400December 11 - December 12, 2017
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1512968400December 11 - December 12, 2017
Laemmle Music Hall 3 Los Angeles 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
Virginia Film Festival Charlottesville 1510203600November 9 - November 12, 2017
Michigan Tech University Houghton 1509595200November 2, 2017
Osio Cinema Monterey 1507953600October 14, 2017
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1507867200October 13 - October 17, 2017
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1507262400October 6 - October 12, 2017
Jean Cocteau Cinema Santa Fe 1507003200October 3 - October 5, 2017
Milwaukee Film Festival Milwaukee 1506571200September 28 - October 12, 2017
Texas Theatre Dallas 1506052800September 22 - September 24, 2017
Film Society of Lincoln Center New York 1504843200September 8 - September 28, 2017
Rooftop Films New York 1504065600August 30, 2017
Gimli Film Festival Gimli 1501041600July 26 - July 30, 2017
Traverse City Film Festival Traverse City 1500955200July 25 - July 30, 2017
Texas Theatre Dallas 1496894400June 8 - June 11, 2017
Phi Centre Montreal 1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017
New Directors/New Films New York 1489550400March 15 - March 26, 2017


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