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"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." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"There’s an exquisite visual luxury at play in this loose trip across the Arabian gulf to a falconry competition in Qatar." – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
"This is, needless to say, an original film. It is also wildly delightful." – Calum Marsh, Village Voice
“Exuberant. Contemporary tropes of material luxury and ancient rituals coexist throughout Yuri Ancarani’s documentary.” – Diego Semerene, Slant
Much of the history of art is also a history of wealth, and the degree to which you value artists’ ability to slip commentary about the ruling class into their commissions will determine your interest in 'The Challenge.' In this film comprised of lengthy, largely wordless shots of Arab falconers at ...