• The Challenge (2017)

The Challenge

Release Date: September 8th, 2017

UN |1 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

Focused on the world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry, 'The Challenge' combines cinematic beauty with rare access and trailblazing form. Here, the opulence of Qatar 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.

Director: Yuri Ancarani

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Atopic films,Dugong Production

Distributors: Kino Lorber

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    Italian artist Yuri Ancarani’s mostly-silent travelogue captures the Arabian peninsula without comment, its repetitive, dreamy imagery providing an insight to an age-old sport which plays out within the trappings of extreme wealth. show more

  • 70
    Kenji FujishimaPaste Magazine

    With its impeccably framed wide compositions, immersive long takes, and a cross-cutting narrative style that touches on the work of Matthew Barney—or, in a considerably more mainstream vein, Christopher Nolan—The Challenge feels like avant-garde art more than anything else. show more

  • 75
    Diego SemereneSlant Magazine

    Here the organic and the frivolously material aren't oppositions or rivals, but partners in a spectacle for men's eyes only. show more

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