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by Alex Deleon  for<filmfestivals.com>   Amitabh Bachchan accepting the key to the city of Florence as Selvaggia Velo looks on. PHOTO: BY FRANCESCA MANOLINO  

The appearance of 70 year old Indian Megastar Amitabh Bachchan at the River to River Festival of Indian Film in Florence gave rise to a feverish outpouring of adulation from local Indians while serving as an unoffical certification for this festival as the foremost showcase of Indian film in the West. In Ind...

Amarcort Film Festival 2012 - Rimini, Teatro degli Atti - 1, 2, 3 Novembre 2012

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 Amarcort Film Festival, 1st-3rd November 2012, at Teatro degli Atti in Rimini (Italy) Amarcort Film Festival 5th edition on stage next weekend. From Tuesday 1st through Saturday 3rd, the short film competition, usually known as one of the most interesting summer events in Rimini , will become a fall appointment. The program will be richer than the previous ones: besides the screening of all finalists of all competitive sections (Amarcort, Gradisca, Fulgor), there will be two more specia...

Amitabh Bachchan will be guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the iconic face of Indian cinema, will be the guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.   The 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only festival in Italy entirely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place at Cinema Odeon, in Florence, from 7th to 13th December, under the Patronage of the Embassy of India and the Italy-India association.   This is an extreme...

Interview with TRIBECA director Geoff Gilmore

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    Geoffrey Gilmore joined Tribeca Enterprises in 2009 as Chief Creative Officer. He is responsible for Tribeca's global content strategy and leads creative development initiatives and expansion of the brand. He was before in charge of the Sundance Film Festival.  Under his direction the Tribeca Film Festival has become the most important market oriented U.S. film festival serving commercial and artistic interests. Running from April 18 and through April 29, 2012 the Festival pro...

New Italian Cinema 2011 Wraps in Style, Awards Announced

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  New Italian Cinema, presented by the San Francisco Film Society; New Italian Cinema Events of Florence, Italy; the Consulate General of Italy, San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco wrapped up an eight-day run dedicated to celebrating the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and bringing the country's newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco. Giorgia Cecere was on hand to accept the NICE City of Florence Award for her film The First Assignment. ...

Industry event during the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Fest in Prague

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  Documentary Campus Industry Session 11-13th March Prague, Czech Republic   "One World, Many Ways" - New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries   Documentary Campus is honoured to present a three-day industry event during the acclaimed One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague (8-17 March 2011). Thought-provoking panels and case studies for industry professionals will be run parallel to workshops on low budg...

Closing of the 10th edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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The 10th edition of the River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, under the patronage of Embassy of India, has had its last day on the 9th of December, with great attendance and feedback of the audience and the press, confirming furtherly the importance of the 50 Giorni di Cinema Internazionale  a Firenze and the historical beauty of Odeon Cinema Hall.   There has been a large appreciation among the audience and the Industry people  for the films in competition, th...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th

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River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFlorence, Italy, 3-9 December 2010Odeon cinema - Piazza Strozzi 1 Spazio Uno cinema - Via del Sole 10River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition with a tribute and a photographic exhibition on multi-award winner and celebrated director Satyajit Ray, in addition to the films in competition and special screenings.The 10th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, founded and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place ...

River to River. 10th Florence Indian Film Festival

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition with a tribute and a photographic exhibition on multi-award winner and celebrated director Satyajit Ray, in addition to the films in competition and special screenings.The 10th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, founded and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 3rd to 9th December, 2010.Under the Patronage of the Embassy of India in Rome, the Festival will take place in the cinema...

nYCIFF.Festival/fest21.com

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We can't BEILIEVE IT but more than 5000 movies has been submited to our film festival. But, WE WILL EXTEND the days of the Festivla in order to accomodate ALL THE MOIVES, we want every GOOD MOVIE TO BE SHOW CASE in New York City!"If you can make in New York , you can make  it everywhere"  WE ARE THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, no matter how ARROGANT it sounds! 500 years ago was FIRENZE now is New YORK!!! TAKE A CHALENGE with your movie SHOW US you  are the ONE who can MAKE IT IN NEW YORK!...

Henry & Sunny

Director: Fergal Rock.
In a time of unprecedented economic depression, mass unemployment and civil unrest, one group has borne the brunt of society’s scorn – the clowns. Henry & Sunny is the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael. He writes her letters daily yet fear of rejection prevents him from disclosing his return address. Sunny, stifled by a sycophantic showbiz world, reciprocates Henry’s feelings but is tragically unable to reach him. Beautifully photographed in high contrast black & white, Henry & Sunny is a melancholy tale of true love against all odds.

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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                                  To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues"   SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every India...

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues" SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every Indian person. In the story she follows her husband Prince Rama into exile in a forest where she is kidnapped by the evil king Ravana of (Sri) Lanka. While remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is subjected t...

9th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival : ready to embark...

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From the Arno to the Ganges: in December, Florence will be hosting the 9th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, coming up this year with a retrospective on the wistful genius of Guru Dutt. From 4 to 10 December, 2009, Florence will be hosting the 9th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, established and directed by Selvaggia Velo. The Festival, under the Patronage of the Indian Embassy to Rome, will be held at Odeon, the beautiful 1920s theatre right in the cen...

9th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival coming up to Florence this december

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From the Arno to the Ganges: in December, Florence will be hosting the 9th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, coming up this year with a retrospective on the wistful genius of Guru Dutt.   THE FESTIVAL BLOG on fest21.com http://www.fest21.com/en/user/river_to_river Despite substantial budget cuts, this year's Festival will come up with a wide range of films, new partnerships and interesting side events.  From 4 to 10 December, 2009, Florence will be hosting t...

Florence Indian Film Festival coming this december

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From the Arno to the Ganges: in December, Florence will be hosting the 9th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, coming up this year with a retrospective on the wistful genius of Guru Dutt.Despite substantial budget cuts, this year’s Festival will come up with a wide range of films, new partnerships and interesting side events. From 4 to 10 December, 2009, Florence will be hosting the ninth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, established and directed by Selvaggia Velo.The F...

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The 2008 Florence - River to River highlights

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Raj Kapoor, a Bollywood-style Charlie Chaplin from the FiftiesThe 2008 River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival will hold a retrospective on the great director Raj Kapoor, on the occasion of his 20th death anniversary, and screen a rich selection of the latest Indian films, as well as new special sectionsThe eighth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, completely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 5 to 11 December 2008....

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival Delicatessen

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Raj Kapoor, a Bollywood-style Charlie Chaplin from the FiftiesThe 2008 River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival will hold a retrospective on the great director Raj Kapoor, on the occasion of his 20th death anniversary, and screen a rich selection of the latest Indian films.The eighth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, completely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 5 to 11 December 2008.Supported by Mediateca Regionale...

ICE Film Festival in New York f

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NICE, New Italian Cinema Events will start its 18th New York edition from November 13 to 17 at the Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street at Laight Street) presenting seven North American premieres. The traveling festival is dedicated to presenting first films by Italian directors to an international audience. The festival will open with MAR NERO (“BLACK SEA”) in the presence of first-time director Federico Bondi, whose protagonist Ilaria Occhini won the award for Best Actress at the Internationa...

ALEX'S FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS -- ANNO 2005

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ALEX'S FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS -- ANNO 2005 WITH A MERRY X-MAS TO ALL! 1.TROMSO, January -- A fantastic place to open the festival year if you love snow and don't mind fifteen minutes of daylight, MAX ...in January. That was just a joke, folks -- by late January you get almost a whole hour of sunlight -- around eleven AM -- but really, who needs it? ...when fest topper, irrepressible Norskie-American MARTHA OTTE, is guaranteed to provide a slate of such interesting films that you'll spend th...

River- to-river showcases indian films in Italy

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Selvaggia Velo, founder and guiding light of the River-to-River Review of Indian cinema in Italy, is a woman with a mission. Her mission is simply to bring the best of the copiously rich but sadly underseen cinema of the Indian sub-continent to European eyes. The setting of the festival is Florence (Firenze) Italy, and the name of the fest refers to the River Arno which flows through Florence, and simultaneously to the sacred River Ganges which is the main waterway of india. Given that India pr...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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The seventh edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, totally devoted to Indian films and under the direction of Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 7th to 13th December 2007.On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of India’s independence, the Festival this year changes its venue and, in collaboration with the Cultural Department of the City of Florence and the Mediateca Regionale-Toscana Film Commission, will take place at cinema Gambrinus, in the framewo...

Line up for the seventh edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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 The seventh edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, totally devoted to Indian films and under the direction of Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 7th to 13th December 2007. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of India's independence, the Festival this year changes its venue and, in collaboration with the Cultural Department of the City of Florence  and the Mediateca Regionale-Toscana Film Commission, will take place at cinema Gambrinus, in the frame...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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Today, Thursday 14th December, is the last day of the sixth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (8-14 December 2006), Firenze directed by Selvaggia Velo.The last evening will see the special screening of Notturno Indiano by Alain Corneau, from Antonio Tabucchi’s short story, in which a nameless traveller arrives in Mumbai in search of a friend, then heads on down.The winners of the FIFF Digichannel Audience Award have also been announced and will be screened on the last day of the fe...

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