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Fall Break FLiCX: The Challenge

Friday, October 13, 2017,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Dir. Yuri Ancarani France/Qatar 2017 70 min. NR DCP

Students who commit to checking in with the FLiCX administrator by no later than 9:05pm, may RSVP on this page for tickets purchased by the dean of students office. 

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  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that non-Vanderbilt guests are limited to one per participant.

Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisitely shot, yet utterly bonkers documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state 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. The result is a film jaw-dropping not only for its displays of wealth, but for pure cinematic beauty.


“Stylistically brilliant. [A] fascinating insight into the high-class, blinged-out culture of Arabian falconers.” —Clare Roth, Vox

"Ravishing. Despite all the feathery swooping and gunning motors, the flashing gold and pounding sun, these immaculately framed, balanced and photographed images have a tableau-like quality, characterized by a stillness (perhaps cultural or situational) that suggests a memento mori." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times