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A privileged look at the lives of ultra-rich Qatari amateur falconers.
Told largely without dialogue and absent explanatory cards, Ancarani presents a series of artfully framed tableaux and curious sequences, loosely focused on falconry in the Persian Gulf. Rich men race SUVs in the dunes, train their falcons, let wild cats ride shotgun in Lamborghinis, fly rows of hooded falcons in a private jet, and bid on falcons by phone. These and other indelible, almost surreal, images offer a fascinating glimpse of a world of conspicuous wealth and leisure.