Writers and Directors, Seanne Winslow and Adam Sjoberg Discuss their film The Falconer Screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Friday, October 22nd at 5 p.m. at Starlight Triangle Cinemas and recently won best Feature Narrative at the Heartland Film Festival and Bend Film Festival.
The Falconer is the first western made film in shot entirely in Oman and follows two friend Tariq and Cai on an adventure to help Tariq’s sister get out of a situation that would be viewed as unfavorable, especially in the Middle East and being of a religious, Muslim family.
Rules are bent, morals are tried and friendships are tested in just how far they are willing to go in training a falcon at the local zoo in order to help them in their situation.
The Falconer is gorgeous in its presentation and the use of natural lighting in telling a story about cross-cultural friendships without sexualizing early teenagers is refreshing and something that has been missing in cinema for nearly a decade. The loyalty between Tariq and Cai is highlighted throughout the film and need to help Tariq’s sister as well as protecting the person the character is based on was of the utmost importance to Winslow and Sjoberg.
Inspired by true events, two best friends, Tariq, an Omani teenager and Cai, a privileged Westerner, conspire to steal animals from the zoo and sell them on the black market to raise money for Tariq’s sister’s divorce from an abusive marriage. They are forced to wrestle with morally complex choices that reveal the vast distance between their worlds.
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Starlight Triangle Cinemas
1870 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627