France / Italy 2016, 70 min, Arabic, Hebrew & English subtitles

In a vast, breathtaking, desert, one rivaling any nature documentary, a millennia-old tradition naturally blends with the world of ultra-rich kids and their toys. The falconry competitions of the Qatari desert are a place where raptors glide through the skies in search of prey (fitted with cameras providing rare vistas), but the tracks in the sand are made by gold-plated motorcycles and fire-breathing Lamborghinis with cheetahs as passengers. The elites of the Arab Emirates fly their falcons here in private luxury jets, bringing city life and cutting-edge technology to the dunes in a series of ancient and modern rituals.

Previous Festivals: Locarno Film Festival, IDFA

Trailer

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  • Thu 11.05 18:15 Cinemateque 4
  • Sat 20.05 21:45 Cinemateque 2
Director, Script, Editing & Cinematography: Yuri Ancarani
Production: Christophe Gougeon, Fabrizio Polpettini, Pierre Malachin Tommaso Bertani
Production Company: Atopic, La Bête, Ring Film
Music: Lorenzo Senni, Francesco Fantini
World Sales: Slingshot Films (info@slingshotfilms.it)

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Yuri Ancarani is an Italian visual artist and director. His work has been acknowledged both in the realms of cinema and of contemporary art.