THE KITE

A wondrously beautiful story about death and impermanence. A little boy visits his grandfather, who lives alone in the countryside amid meadows and fields, and flies a kite with him. Both of their bodies consist of several layers of fabric. Over the years, the grandfather loses more and more layers, until only one last layer remains. He becomes so light that the wind carries him gently up to the sky like a kite.



  • Filmschool: Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

  • Duration: 13 Min.

Also in this Program:
ANGRY FOLKS
L' HOMME JETÉE
DEVIL'S CHAPEL
THE VERDICT IN THE CASE OF K.

tags: Aging, Animation, Family

Credits

Screenplay: Martin Smatana

Director of Photography: Ondřej Nedvěd

Film Editor: Lucie Navrátilová

Composer: Aliaksander Yasinski

Production Designer: Martin Smatana, Martyna Koleniec, Łukasz Grynda, Matouš Valchař, Stanisław Szostak, Piotr Chmielewski

Sound: Viera Marinová

Producer: Peter Badač

Production Company: BFILM

Co-Producer: Jakub Rálek

Co-Production Company: FAMU Prague, CeTA

World Sales: Magnetfilm

Director: Martin Smatana

biography

Born in 1991, Martin Smatana holds a master’s degree in animated film from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. While working on his bachelor's degree, he completed an internship at the Nukufilm studio in Tallinn. He led animation workshops for children for five years. His debut film, ROSSO PAPAVERO, had its premiere at the Berlinale in 2015 and received 13 international awards. THE KITE is his graduation film.

Screenings

as Pantaflix Stream (88 Min.)