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Deepa Mehta at 15th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (#R2RFIFF) / Looking back at Stuttgart’s #IFFSTR15

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

Deepa Mehta at the 7th Annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party 2012 (Photo: Canadian Film Centre / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Deepa Mehta at the 7th Annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party 2012 (Photo: Canadian Film Centre / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Announced today: Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta will be the guest of honour at this year’s River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in beautiful Florence/Italy (from December 5 to 11, 2015) – always my favourite movie fest of the year.

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.

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See you in Florence … or at Indisches Filmfestival / Indian Film Festival 2016 in Stuttgart!

Favourite photo from the 10th edition in 2013:

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