TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
PATANG (THE KITE)
CO-HOSTED BY THE INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL
April 21-29, 2011
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PATANG (THE KITE) AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION
After four sold out screenings at the Berlin Film Festival, PATANG (The Kite) will make its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival as one of 1 of 12 features in the World Narrative Competition.
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Prashant Bhargava has “a sure hand with his actors, immeasurably enhanced by Biswas' motherly presence whose underlying bittersweetness is salved by a palpable warmth of heart.”
"Bhargava knows when to stop and catch the right, fleeting expressions and gestures. There’s a gentleness in this snapshot of a family and all its baggage that seems almost effortless.”
“PATANG is a visually stunning film... Bhargava handles the subject in a quiet gentle way, but shows the tension with his hand held camera and quick edit cuts. Biswas is fantastic as the central figure in the film and truly standsout as the moral compass of the story.”
ABOUT PATANG (THE KITE)
A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, PATANG (The Kite) 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.
Six years in the making, PATANG's cast includes national award winning actress Seema Biswas (Water, Bandit Queen) alongside actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Peepli Live, Dev D. Firaaq) and Sugandha Garg (Tere Bin Laden, My Name is Khan, Janne Tu Ya Janne Na), Mukund Shukla, Aakash Maherya and Hamid Shaikh.
Produced by Jaideep Punjabi. Executive Produced by Vijay Bhargava and Jaideep Punjabi.
Written, Directed and Edited by Prashant Bhargava.
New York Crew:
Sound Design by Abigail Savage, Digit Audio (Chop Shop, Sugar, Half Nelson)
Sound Supervision and Re-recording Mixing by Tom Efinger, Digit Audio (Inside Job, Sugar, Chop Shop)
Consulting Editor - Joe Klotz (Rabbit Hole, Junebug, Precious)
Music Composed by Mario Grigorov (Precious, Taxi to the Dark Side)
Colorist - Blase Theodore, Contact DI
Visual Effects and Title Design by Geoff Albores and Dan DiFelice
Music Supervision by Doug Bernheim, Sound Pictures (Half Nelson, Solitary Man)
Visit us at www.patang.tv
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
PATANG (The Kite) is Prashant Bhargava's first feature film. His short film SANGAM premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, garnering several awards and distinctions. The film was distributed by Film Movement and Mubi and broadcast on Arte/ZDF, The Sundance Channel and PBS. Prashant started out in the arts as a graffiti artist in his hometown of Chicago. He went on to study computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at The Actors Studio MFA program. For the past fifteen years, he has directed and designed commercials, music videos, title sequences and promos.
Thursday, April 21, 8:30pm, CCC Screen 4
Sunday, April 24, 9:00pm, CCC Screen 7
Monday, April 25, 7:00pm, CCC Screen 5
Friday, April 29, 10:30pm, CCC Screen 9
Saturday, April 30th, 9:00pm SVA Screen 2 Beatrice - NEW SCREENING ADDED
Each screening will be followed with a Q&A with director Prashant Bhargava.
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School of Visual Arts Theater (SVA)
333 West 23rd St, (between 8th and 9th Avenues), New York NY
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (CCC)
260 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), New York, NY
(For Tribeca Film Festival Accredited Press Members ONLY)
Friday, April 22, 1:30pm, CCC Screen 9
Wednesday, April 27, 12pm, CCC Screen 7