WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 ̶ D.C. Asian Pacific American Film is thrilled to award its Best Narrative Feature Award to director Prashant Bhargava and his feature film debut PATANG (The Kite). PATANG will screen Saturday, October 15, 4 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut in Washington D.C.
Bhargava will be at the screening and will be available for in person interviews before and after the screening. A Q&A will immediately follow the screening. Bhargava is also available for phone interviews.
PATANG has garnered much praise since it celebrated its world premiere at the 2011 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL as part of the Forum program, and the U.S. premiere at the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL as 1 of 12 feature films in the World Narrative Competition from 5,624 submissions.
“The storytelling is effortlessly made part of the hypnotically beautiful visuals, and woven into a kaledioscope of colors, faces, music and a little romance. Bhargava is masterful in the way he allows his story to emerge from his mosaic, instead of spelling it out by the numbers. Evokes the old and new Indias side by side as well as I’ve seen done,” wrote legendary film critic Roger Ebert of the CHICAGO SUN TIMES.
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, the 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 – all this is 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.