Challenge, The: Yuri Ancarani’s Docu about Wealthy Qatari Sheikhs

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to The Challenge, Yuri Ancarani’s documentary about group of wealthy Qatari sheikhs who moonlight as amateur falconers.

“The Challenge” premiered in August at the Locarno Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the festival’s Cineasti del Presente section. In 2017, the film played at True/False, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films in New York.

The film looks at the rituals that define these men’s lives, driving a Ferrari with a pet cheetah in the passenger seat, sparing no expense in pursuing their excessive idiosyncratic wishes.

The film is scheduled for a New York engagement starting Sept. 8 before expanding nationwide during the fall. A VOD and home media release is scheduled for 2018.

“Yuri Ancarani is the type of visionary and ambitious filmmaker that we love to introduce to American audiences,” Lorber said. “His feature debut ‘The Challenge’ is an unforgettable cinematic experience that’s going to both delight the minds and astound the eyes of audiences everywhere.”