Friday, July 13 at 22.00 for the summer festival "Open Cinema" organized by "Quelli della Compagnia" in collaboration with "Spazio Alfieri", and included in the calendar of the Florentine Summer at the Piazzale degli Uffizi
From the Ganges to the Arno: the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival returns to Apriti Cinema
After the success of last year this summer the festival dedicated to Indian cinema returns to the streets. The screening of Shab (The Night) by the director Onir is scheduled
Florence, 12 July 2018 - After last year's success this summer the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival , the only Italian festival dedicated to Indian cinema, returns to Apriti Cinema , the summer festival organized by "Quelli della Compagnia" in collaboration with "Spazio Alfieri", and inserted within the Florentine Summer calendar. Appointment Friday 13 July at 22.00 at the Piazzale degli Uffizi with the screening of " Shab - The Night ", film about dreams and successful aspirations of a group of young directors of the Onir (admission free while places last).
Set in the megalopolis of New Delhi, the film tells the dreams of success of a group of young people, between loves, vices and destinies that intersect. Destiny and the city influence their lives: some learn from the past and have the courage to change the course of their own future, while others fall victim to them and remain prisoners. The 1969 filmmaker was the first Indian director to bring taboo topics such as Hiv, pedophilia, assisted fertilization and the only homosexual Bollywood director to be brought to the screen in a country where homosexuality is illegal.
The director Onir said during the 17th River to River : "Shab is a very special film for me, it was my first screenplay, written at the beginning of 2000, and at that time it was really difficult to get film funding. with themes like these. Tells the dreams of the big city: the protagonists are lonely in search of love, come from the fringes that our society considers 'at the limit of the acceptable', are 'border' characters, and this is what makes them interesting, in my opinion way of seeing ". He adds on his commitment in defense of human rights: " Homosexuality in India has been criminalized by law and therefore many people live deep personal crises to accept themselves, to be accepted by their family and, later, by society. In 2012 the Delhi High Court had decriminalized it, which was a huge step forward for the entire LGBT Indian community. But the following year, in 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the sentence. Especially if we look at how our society is becoming, so full of violence, hatred and divisions, it would not be wise to promote an act of love to improve the situation? Sometimes I am disappointed, and I think there is not much hope, but as a director and as an artist I feel I have a duty to move forward, to continue the discussion, bringing these issues to public attention ".
The film will be screened in the original language with subtitles in Italian and English. Free admission while seats last.
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