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Looking back at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival 2014 … and some Florence tips

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This year, I was only able to enjoy River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival for five days. But it was my tenth time in a row – and I got to see a particularly fascinating special guest (Irrfan Khan – you can watch more videos of his Q&A sessions here).

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Movie Talk with Irrfan Khan @River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (Videos)

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For the visitors of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival Irrfan Khan was the perfect guest: charming, funny and outspoken. I shot some clips during the Q&A sessions for the movies “Qissa” (with director Anup Singh) and “Paan Sing Tomar”, hosted by festival director Selvaggia Velo.
Anup Singh, Irrfan Khan & Selvaggia Velo @River to River. Florence Indian Filmfestival
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Irrfan Khan at 14th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival / Looking back at last year’s #R2RFIFF

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River to River. Florence International Film Festival 2014

Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan (Photo: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)

Just announced: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan will be the guest of honour at this year’s River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in beautiful Florence/Italy – always my favourite festival of the year.

The festival will hold a special tribute to Khan who next appears in Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World”. There will be screenings of his films “Qissa”, “The Namesake” and “Paan Singh Tomar”, plus seven episodes of the third season of the HBO series “In Treatment”.

According to Wikipedia, Irrfan Khan has appeared in more than 30 Bollywood films (as of 2013). Khan’s English-language mainstream work includes character roles in movies like “New York”, “I Love You”, “A Mighty Heart”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, and “Life of Pi”.
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13th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival: From Ganges to Arno … and Tiber! #R2RFIFF

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival 2013

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi (Photo: Bollywood Hungama / License: CC BY 3.0)

My final (and favourite!) film festival of the year always is the lovely River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in Florence/Italy (flickr photo album). This year (2013), its 13th edition will take place from Friday, November 22, until Thursday, November 28, at beautiful Cinema Odeon on Piazza Strozzi, followed by a weekend in Rome (November 29 to December 1) at Nuovo Cinema Aquila, via L’Aquila 68).

The programme has just been released today.

Following 2012’s special guest Amitabh Bachchan (video below), this year’s guest of honour will be Shabana Azmi (photo). Wikipedia: “(…) She made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, an Indian New Wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism. (…) Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi films in both mainstream and independent cinema, and since 1988 she has acted in several foreign projects.”
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Shukriya, Amitabh Bachchan! (Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival)

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Big B. certainly is getting around! At the Marrakech Film Festival, he was introduced by none other than Catherine Deneuve, one of my first cinema idols:
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Bollywood and beyond: Looking Back at the 9th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

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9. Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart / 9th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

Festival regular / Stammgast des Festivals (Photo: ©Peter Jebsen)

The festival formerly known as “Bollywood and beyond” was highly enjoyable this year (July 18-22, 2012): After several years at the impersonal SI-Centrum, the 9th edition of the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart finally returned to the great Metropol cinema in central Stuttgart. Some of the festival highlights happened at the 5 Bar * Restaurant * Lounge * Club next door – including the impromptu a cappella singing of Tannishtha Chatterjee (“Brick Lane” / “Shadows of Time”) at the opening party (around 1 am).
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Written by Peter Jebsen

30. Juli 2012 at 9:00

“When I asked you to blow, why do you suck?”

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Bollywood subtitles from hell – posted on the page “Paagal Subtitle”:

Subtitles of the movie "Andarivaadu" (2005)

Screenshot (paagalsubtitle.tumblr.com)


This fine site is a side project of the Beth Loves Hollwood blog (Twitter: bethlovesbolly).
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Written by Peter Jebsen

11. Januar 2011 at 2:05

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