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Chicago Encore EngagementFacets Film Dialogue with filmmaker Prashant Bhargava
World Cinema Feature Indianapolis Intl Film Fest
Best Narrative Feature Hawaii Intl Film Fest
Critics' Pick! "Lovely, unforced... [director Prashant] Bhargava lets his story...tell itself, unfolding slowly as he follows filmmaking's most basic and most sinned-against dictum: Show, don't tell" -New York Times
"Bhargava's naturalistic approach to capturing the sights and sounds of a city in full revelry on rooftops and in the streets is colorfully vivid" -Los Angeles Times
"[Bhargava] allows us to discover these people in mostly glancing, sidelong moments, as if he were capturing their lives on the sly. It's rare for a filmmaker to integrate with such seamlessness the staged and the 'caught.'" -Christian Science Monitor
"This film is joyous, but more than that: it's lovely in its construction" -Roger Ebert
"The director is both a humanist and a real talent" -Chicago Tribune
"A feast for the eyes" -TimeOut Chicago
Set against the dynamic and colorful spectacle of India's largest kite
festival, the Uttarayan, Prashant Bhargava's debut feature tells the story
of Jayesh, a Delhi-based businessman who returns to his Gujarat roots with
his young daughter Priya. Ostensibly going home to Ahmedabad to relive his
childhood memories and introduce his daughter to the tradition of
kite-flying, Jayesh has some unexpected news for the family's future. He
plans include selling off the family home, moving his relatives into a
modern condo, while also trying to avoid unresolved issues from his past
which leads to unexpected consequences.
Patang, directed by
Chicago-born-and-raised Bhargava, who started his career as a graffiti
artist, is a family drama which avoids Bollywood clichés as
well as using a dynamic combination of actors and non-professionals to
showcase a complex narrative about contemporary India. Using the kites as a
metaphor for the way the past controls his characters no matter how high
they fly, Patang captures the jubilant and striking visuals of the festival
that accentuates his background as a graphic artist, while laying out a
multi-character story of discovery and hope.
Directed by Prashant Bhargava, India, 2010, 95 mins. In Hindi and English with English subtitles.
Facets Film Dialogue
Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, who is a Chicago native will be here in person
for a Q&A after select screenings.
Fri., Aug. 24 at 7 & 9 pm Q&A with director following the 7 pm show
Sat., Aug. 25 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm Q&A with director following the 7 pm show
Sun., Aug. 26 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm Q&A with director following all shows
Mon.-Thurs., Aug. 27-30 at 7 & 9 pm Q&A with director following the 7 pm shows