Kings of the Wind and Electric Queens, the India-set documentary from French directors Gaspard Kuentz and Cédric Dupire, is just one of the films screening at the 2014 Asia House Film Festival. At a run time of just 54 minutes, the film may be shorter than many episodes of TV dramas, but is nevertheless a collection of beautiful cinematography and startling imagery.
This would not be successful without the masterful but understated direction from Kuentz and Dupire. Capturing each image with exquisite beauty, and with editing choices that allow us to view the full extent of what the festival has to offer, these directors revere the fair in the same manner that attendees do. We are introduced to a number of different characters, as listed above, and are given a snapshot of their lives and their purpose at Sonepur, before we leave them behind. A snapshot is all we need, and each one is used to create a whole, greater picture. Kings of the Wind and Electric Queens can be viewed as a cinematic collage, the elements helping to make sense of the whole.
This film is not for everyone. For audiences who like to see plot development, cause and effect, and character growth, very little happens. But for those with a taste for atmosphere building, honesty, and overall emotion, it is a beautiful piece. It is especially pleasant for viewers with a particular eye for cinematography, and for those with a fascination for celebrating culture and community.
If you are that kind of person, Kings of the Wind and Electric Queens is worth investing 56 minutes in.
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