{SCREENING} The Challenge on 20/4

 APRIL: The art of non-fiction 

Two non-fiction films that can only be described as works of art question the nature of documentary and challenge your perception of the genre!

 The Challenge (2016) 

Thursday 20/4 on 21:00 @ Exile Room 

Director: Yuri Ancarani / Country: Italy, France / Duration: 69’

In “The Challenge”, director Yuri Ancarani crosses the Persian Gulf to accompany a falconer to an important competition. Among SUVs, Lamborghini, private jets and Mad Max-like dune bashing contests, the film tells the story of an intense weekend in the desert. Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. Three years of observing this form of hunting in the field have made it possible to capture the spirit of a tradition that today allows its practitioners to keep a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle. Our guide to how they cross that threshold is a falconer taking his birds to compete in a tournament in Qatar. In the glaring light of an empty landscape, following flight lines and lures, the film recounts a strange kind of “desert weekend”, in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images.

Check out the trailer here

Download hi-res photos here 

IN ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES * FREE ENTRANCE 

 



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