Deepa Mehta at 15th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (#R2RFIFF) / Looking back at Stuttgart’s #IFFSTR15
From Deepa Mehta’s Wikipedia entry :
[She is] most known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005); among which Earth was sent by India as its official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Water was Canada’s official entry for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, making it only the second non-French-language Canadian film to put forth for consideration in that category (the first being Zacharias Kunuk’s 2001 Inuktitut-language feature, Atanarjuat), and the first to receive an Oscar nomination. She also co-founded Hamilton-Mehta Productions, with her husband, producer David Hamilton in 1996. She was awarded a Genie Award in 2003 for the screenplay of Bollywood/Hollywood. In May 2012, Mehta received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts.
From the festival’s announcement:
The famous director will introduce the Italian premiere of her latest film, Beeba Boys (Sunday, December 6, at 8.30pm), a crime thriller starring Randeep Hoda, about the violent culture clash between Indo-Canadian gangs fighting for control over drugs and firearms trafficking in Vancouver.
The Festival will pay tribute to Deepa Mehta by screening two other of her films: Water (2005), Canada’s nominee for the 2007 Academy Awards and the third in Mehta’s Elements Trilogy, about the life of Chuyia, an 8-year-old widowed child bride forced to live in eternal penance in a house with other Hindu widows; and Midnight’s Children (2012), an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s book of the same name – the script was written by Rushdie himself – about the fate of two children, switched at birth by a nurse to let them live each other’s life.
River to River is will showcase over 40 films. It was founded by my friend Selvaggia Velo.
While I am on the topic of Indian movies, allow me to look back at Stuttgart’s 12th Indian Film Festival which took place from July 15 to 19, 2015. I did not have time before to collect my tweets – so here we go:
Whenever the wonderful Tannnishta Chatterjee comes up, I get reminded of two of my favourite paperazzi video moments:
Finally: Congratulations to Alexandra Schott, this year’s programme direcor, on a job well done! In past years, I used to be critical because the festival formerly known as „Bollywood and beyond“ did not show enough Bollywood movies for my taste. But those you can get on DVDs at least. Many of the fine movies I saw in Stuttgart probably won’t make it to DVD so the Indian film festival is the only chance to watch them. This year’s edition focussed on Marathi movies, and there were quite a few great discoveries to be made.
Previous posts about River to River
- Looking back at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival 2014 … and some Florence tips
- Movie Talk with Irrfan Khan @River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (Videos)
- Irrfan Khan at 14th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival / Looking back at last year’s #R2RFIFF
- Preview: 13th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival: From Ganges to Arno … and Tiber! #R2RFIFF
- Shukriya, Amitabh Bachchan! (Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival)
- YouTube: „Gandu“ director Q. on his soundtrack choices … and why he is sick of Bengali music
- YouTube: „Gandu“ director Q. on being self-taught
- YouTube: „Gandu“ director Q. on guerrilla marketing and having a torrent hit
- YouTube: „Gandu“ director Q. on the meaning of the title term
- YouTube: „Gandu“ director Q. on the first (and last) screening in India (at a beachside film festival)
- YouTube: „Gandu“ director Q. answers an audience question about his courage
- YouTube: „Gandu“ director Q. on the audience reaction he expected at „River to River“
- From Ganges to Arno: 11th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival
- Aparna Sen and Rahul Bose at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival
- Qype: River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in Florenz (in German)
- Flickr post about my first visit in 2005
- River to River Facebook fan page / Twitter hashtag: #R2RFIFF
Previous posts about Indisches Filmfestival / Indian Film Festival Stuttgart
- Bollywood and beyond: Looking Back at the 9th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart (2012)
- Film Festival “Bollywood and beyond”: The Tweets (2009)
- Bollywood (and beyond) im Erlebniszentrum (2009)
- Bollywood and beyond (2008)
- Bollywood, here I come! (2008)
See you in Florence … or at Indisches Filmfestival / Indian Film Festival 2016 in Stuttgart!
Favourite photo from the 10th edition in 2013: