The festival dedicated to the Indian subcontinent returns to Florence from 7 to 12 December, with Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan and Adil Hussain as guests.
He will be the star of Bollywood Abhishek Bachchan the special guest on the 23rd River to River Florence Indian Film Festival 2023, the only cinematographic event in Italy that explores the face of contemporary India. The event directed by Selvaggia Velo, scheduled from 7 to 12 December at the La Compagnia cinema (via Cavour 50/R), is part of the “50 Days of Cinema in Florence”. The actor and producer, son of the iconic star Amitabh Bachchan – guest of River to River in 2012 – and protagonist of the most famous blockbuster bollywoodiani of the last twenty years, will meet the public on the occasion of the Italian premiere of her latest film: the story of sport and female redemption Ghoomer alongside director R. Balki (Friday 7 December, 8.30 pm).
The River to River does not stop here and reveals another “ace up the sleeve” of this edition: the Florentine event will in fact bring La Compagnia to the stage of the Cinema Adil Hussainan award-winning actor appreciated by international audiences for his performances in The Reluctant Fundamentalist by director Mira Nair e Hotel Salvation of Mukti Bhawan. Among the most prolific Indian performers, with over eighty films to his credit and two National Film Awards, the most prestigious film award in India, Hussain will present the Italian premiere of his latest film at the festival together with director Nathalia Syam Footprints on Wateran insight into the world of illegal immigration, winner at the New York Indian Film Festival as “Best First Film” (8 December, 8.30 pm).
Adil Hussain will also greet the viewers in the company of another highly anticipated guest: the actor Suraj Sharma (How I Met Your Father, Happy Death Day 2U), his co-star in the 4-time Oscar-winning and Golden Globe-winning film Life of Pi, together with whom he will participate in the return of Ang Lee’s work to the big screen (10 December, 5pm). Sharma will then be at the festival with the preview of the new work Gulmohara family saga directed by filmmaker Rahul Chittella (9 December at 8.30pm).
River to River 2023: Actor Suraj Sharma is the first guest
A very rich program
River to River Florence Indian Film Festival will propose over 30 titles including feature films, documentaries and shorts in Italian and European premiere. Determination, redemption, migrations and changes are the themes that connect the selected works. Don’t miss the tribute to the Bengali director Mrinal Sen, master of the New Wave of East Indian cinema, acclaimed and awarded at the most important international festivals, from the Venice Film Festival to the Cannes Film Festival, with two of his most significant films, Interview (8 December at 4.00 pm) e Bhuvan Shome (December 9th at 4.00pm).
Also among the titles worth mentioning Goldfish by Pushan Kripalani (12 December at 8.30pm) closing film of the festival in Italian premiere, portrait of a woman (the actress and model Kalki Koechlin, famous in the role of Batya Abelman in the Netflix series Sacred Games) forced to deal with past wounds to deal with the psychological decline of her mother (Deepti Naval, icon of Hindi cinema). Space for the cinema of reality with the documentary Fatima by Sourabh Kanti Dutta, which follows the protagonist – an activist and former child bride – in the fight against sex trafficking in the state of Bihar, on the border with Nepal (12 December at 6.30 pm). The sequins and choreographies of Bollywood are unmissable in the 2023 blockbuster film in India: Rocky and Rani’s love story by Karan Johar, starring superstars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt (10 December at 8.30pm).
Not just cinema: world premiere of the show “My India/Megalopolis”, a work shot over a period of over 15 years by photographer Rocco Rorandelli, one of the founders of the TerraProject collective, which documents the passage of 250 million people from the countryside to the main cities of India in an impressive process of urbanization, organized in collaboration with fsm – Fondazione Studio Marangoni (at the CA Ciampi exhibition space of the Regional Council of Tuscany in via de’Pucci 16, vernissage on 7 December at 12.30 pm, open until 16/12). And then the talk with the content creator Veronica Giuffré (23K followers on Instagram) on the subcontinent through the eyes of Italo Calvino (9 December at 11.00) and the cooking show by chef Basheerkutty Mansoor, creator of the first Indian cuisine food truck in Italy ( 8 December at 6.00 pm).
For information: www.rivertoriver.it.