I have been delighted to have been given the opportunity to screen Prashant Bhargava's upcoming release Patang: The Kite and to write about it here on the blog before it rolls out its release over the next couple of weeks (June 15th in New York and Chicago, for example, and June 22nd in Toronto and Vancouver). I'll share my thoughts on the film in a few days, but for now, here's the official description of the film, and a lovely little preview film:
A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, PATANG weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India's largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad - dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams.
Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high - a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. With naturalistic performances from actors and non-actors alike, bold, lyrical editing, vibrant cinematography and a kinetic score, PATANG delights the senses and nourishes the spirit.
Here's the trailer, too, to just whet your appetite for the film just a little further: