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The Challenge

Italy, France, Switzerland · 2016 · DCP · Color · 69' ·  o.v. Arabic

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.

Screenings
Saturday 6 | 8 | 2016  · 18.30 · Palexpo (FEVI) ·  Sub. English,French
Sunday 7 | 8 | 2016  · 09.00 · La Sala ·  Sub. English,French
Monday 8 | 8 | 2016  · 21.30 · Cinema Rialto 2 ·  Sub. English
Thursday 11 | 8 | 2016  · 14.00 · Cinema Rialto 1 ·  Sub. English
Sunday 14 | 8 | 2016  · 13.30 · L’altra Sala ·  Sub. English,French
Director
Yuri Ancarani
Producer
Fabrizio Polpettini, Tommaso Bertani
Cinematography
Yuri Ancarani
Music
Lorenzo Senni, Francesco Fantini
Sound
Mirco Mencacci
Editing
Yuri Ancarani
Production
La Bête
fabrizio.polpettini@gmail.com
Coproduction
Ring Film
ring@ringfilm.it

Atopic
atopic@wanadoo.fr
World Sales
Slingshot Films
info@slingshotfilms.it

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