Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Yuri Ancarani. 2016, 69 mins. Digital projection. In Arabic with English subtitles. Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s jaw-dropping nonfiction reverie air-drops the viewer into the surreal world of wealthy, thrill-seeking Qatari sheikhs. Their opulence is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris. “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
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