Highlights from the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors

The Challenge

Directed by Yuri Ancarani Produced by Tommaso Bertani, Christophe Gougeon, Pierre Malachin and Fabrizio Polpettin

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. 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, drifting on the irreversible currents of images. (SXSW)