River to River
The Odeon Cinema © Haydn Blackey
Florence's Indian Film Festival is the first festival in the world that is entirely devoted to films from and about India. River to River features a collection of independent Indian movies, as well as the latest films about India by directors from all over the world. Held annually at the Odeon Cinema, the winners in the different categories are voted by the audience and are awarded the River to River DigiChannel Audience Award. Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles. The festival was first held in 2001, well timed to ride a wave of interest in Indian cinema and Bollywood influence on blockbuster films. Many filmmakers, actors and producers have attended the festival, and its popularity and success has led to a Rome edition of the festival over the last few years; after the Florence festival concludes, the event is repeated for Rome audiences. The River to River Florence Indian Film Festival may seem an odd sort of cultural collision but the festival is well-run, well supported and entertaining; a treat for anybody interested in Indian film, or in the Indian culture.
Venue: Odeon Cinema, Piazza Santo Spirito
Date: 3 - 8 December 2016