"Best of River to River 2020"

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Address: Via Cavour 50/r , Florence

Date: Saturday 15 May 2021


The River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

celebrates its twentieth anniversary in the hall, in the name of Satyajit Ray

On 14 and 15 May at the La Compagnia di Firenze cinema (via Cavour 50 / r) there will be the "B est of River to River 2020", two days of screenings and meetings with international guests to celebrate the best of 20 / but edition, held online last December , with the addition of some new events

The program includes a tribute to the annive rsario the 100 years since the birth of the great master of Indian cinema Satyajit Ray, with the screening of two of his films and the parallelism between "Nayak" and "8 e ½" by Fellini, accompanied by the meeting with the scholar Meheli Sen

Among the events, the virtual reality vision " The Italian Baba - My Cave in India " by Elio Germano and Omar Rashid based on a work by Folco Terzani , who will be present in the room

Returning to the theater : it was the bet of Selvaggia Velo , director of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival , the only festival in Italy that tells the face of contemporary India through quality cinema. After a special edition held online last December on "Più Compagnia" in collaboration with www.mymovies.it (which ended with great success reaching over 9160 views for 6414 hours of viewing by connected users all over the world), it will finally be possible to celebrate from I live the milestone of the twentieth edition , next 14 and 15 May at the La Compagnia cinema in Florence (via Cavour 50 / r).

In two days of the special program, titled "B east of River to River 2020", various screenings and meetings with international guests. The River to River Florence Indian Film Festival takes place under the patronage of the Embassy of India , under the aegis of Fondazione Sistema Toscana , and is realized with the contribution of the Tuscany Region , the Municipality of Florence , Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and with the support of the partners Hotel Roma and Amblè Firenze .

The festival will offer viewers not only a few of the major feature of the film in 2020, but also of events designed specifically for two days in the room. Among the events not to be missed, the tribute for the 100th anniversary of the great master of Indian cinema Satyajit Ray, with the screening of two of his films, "Charulata" and "Nayak" .

Ray , a Bengali director born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921, who died in 1992, is one of the most authoritative figures in world cinema , probably the most internationally known name in Indian cinema. Heir to a great intellectual tradition, he is the leading figure of the Bengali Renaissance, a movement that has profoundly changed the history of modern India through the encounter and fusion of Western and Eastern thought. Man of a thousand passions and multifaceted artist (draftsman, graphic illustrator, film critic, screenwriter, musician, editor of a children's magazine), he was a great connoisseur of European cinema; a passion that began in 1947 when he founded the “Calcutta Film Society”, the first Indian cine club of international scope, in which the works of American and European filmmakers are screened. Ray thus comes into contact with the Italian neorealism of which he will be influenced.

His 1966 "Nayak", or "The Hero", the story of the existential crisis experienced by the country's biggest Bengali film star, played by Uttam Kumar as actor Arindam, is considered the answer to " 8 and ½ "by Federico Fellini , in which the protagonist Guido Anselmi, or Marcello Mastroianni, traces his existence between episodes and characters of his life.

Both films will be screened at the festival on Saturday 15 May . After the vision of " Nayak" , the scholar Meheli Sen, associate professor of South Asian and Global Cinemas at Rutgers University in New Jersey, will be in connection with the audience of the festival to analyze the parallelism of the two masterpieces. The meeting with Meheli Sen will also be broadcast live on the Festival's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Inaugurating the B east of River to River 2020, Friday, May 14, at 16.30, will be a one of Ray's masterpieces, "Charulata" based masterpiece from a story by Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the Silver Bear for the best directed in Berlin in 1965, which tells the story of Charu, a woman who lives in Calcutta at the end of the 19th century in a privileged condition but in extreme solitude.

The inauguration meeting with institutional guests will follow.

Saturday 15th scheduled - for viewing in virtual reality -The Italian Baba - My Cave in India ” by Elio Germano and Omar Rashid . Taken from “A barefoot on the earth” by Folco Terzani , the work is an inner exploration set in the desolate lands of India in search of a spiritual guide, accompanied by the voiceover of Elio Germano. Terzani and Rashid will be present.

Among the features, the dark comedy choral and full of surprises "Kadakh" by Rajat Kapoor, in which a group of friends gather to Diwali - Festival of Lights - one of the most important celebrations of India will present in link the director Kapoor - May 14).

And again, on the 15th, the documentaries: " Indian Himalaya " by Matteo Aghemo , the journey through the most unknown and remote areas of the subcontinent, with the aim of capturing scenes of everyday life that go beyond stereotypes, and " Buddha of the Chadar ”by Sean Whitaker, a father and son embark on a pilgrimage along an ancient path in the Himalayas to deliver a bronze statue of Buddha to a remote mountain monastery.

Also on the program is Ashutosh Pathak 's animated short film “Photograph , a portrait of life during the pandemic, an introspection into our souls and a wish to be kind to others in this new world.

To close the event, Saturday 15 at 19.30 , " Manny " by Dace Puce , the journey from India to Latvia of the young Maya and three loves, one real, one imagined and the third virtual. At the center, the dynamics between man, woman and artificial intelligence, in an immersion in the atmosphere of the " Black Mirror" . At the end, the director Dace Puce and the actress Sonal Sehgal will be present.

Tickets will be on sale from Saturday 1st May at the following link : https://cinemalacompagnia.ticka.it/ and at the cinema cash desk. The screenings will take place in the Sala Grande of the La Compagnia cinema and will end, compatibly with the curfew times, by 9.30 pm. The events are organized in compliance with the Covid-19 regulations and the seats in the room will be reduced by 50% to ensure the spacing. To participate it is mandatory to wear a mask.

The virtual reality projections will instead be held in the Mymovies room always at La Compagnia.

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All the films are scheduled at the “La Compagnia” cinema in via Cavour 50 / r, Florence.

Subscription : 15.00 euros

Single time slot ticket (morning, afternoon, evening): 6.00 euros

Virtual reality: 3.00 euros.


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