December 2-8, 2011
What’s It All About:
The first edition of River to River, Florence Indian Film Festival took place in October 2001 in Florence, Italy. Under the patronage of the Embassy of India in Rome, this is the first festival in the world exclusively devoted to films from and about India.
It was the Golden Lion won by Mira Nair for Monsoon Wedding at the Venice Film Festival in 2001 that was a landmark in highlighting Indian cinema to the world. The festival aims to promote Indian cinema and screens the most-recent features, short films and documentaries, apart from hosting talking sessions with noted directors, actors and producers.
Watch Out For!
The festival will open with Bengali film Chaplin directed by Anindo Bandopadhyay and close with the Kiran Rao-directed Dhobi Ghat.
In collaboration with the National Film Development Corporation of Mumbai, the Festival will pay a tribute to the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the well known Indian poet, novelist and playwright, on the 150th anniversary of his birth, an important date for our country as well, as this year it celebrates 150 years of national Unity.
Films inspired by Tagore’s works that will feature at the Festival include:
• Khudito Pashan (Hungry Stones) directed in 1960 by one of Tagore’s great followers, Tapan Sinha, with actor Soumitra Chatterjee (who had already starred in some of Satyajit Ray’s masterpieces). It tells the story of a man who moves into a haunted house and falls in love with the ghost that lives there.
• Ghare Baire (The Home And The World) directed in 1984 by the great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, once again with Soumitra Chatterjee. The film, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes film festival in 1984, addresses a topic that the Bengali director had very much at heart: the emancipation of women.
The tribute will be closed by a documentary on the life of the Nobel Laureate: Rabindranath Tagore, directed by Satyajit Ray in 1961.Several short films will also be screened including shorts from FTII and Whistling Woods International.
Sub events will include some morning talks about India and its cinema, and a special screening:
December 3: Folco Terzani will speak about his new work on the Indian sadhus of the Himalayas.
December 5: A talk about the Indian Nobel Prize Winner Rabindranath Tagore, chaired by Maria Grazia Beverini del Santo in collaboration with Fondazione Il Fiore;
December 8: A matinee screening of the Audience Award winner of the 2010 Festival, I Am by Onir.
A few other highlights of the festival include the screening of:
• Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara