River to River Florence Indian Film Festival had its first edition in October 2001 at the Rondò di Bacco Theatre of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. The aim of River to River is to promote only films from and about India and it is the first Festival of this kind in the world. During these years the Festival has grown and gained awareness among the audience, the film industry and the press. Many films have been screened and many filmmakers, actors and producers have attended the Festival.

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Baumbach and Gerwig seem to be directly influenced by Woody Allen. New York City as the hazy crazy place where you get to meet all those strange, neurotic, self-important and romantically challenged characters screams Allen…

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Documentaries

  • Good Luck

    Good Luck

    Good Luck starts with a long sequence of an orchestra playing and making its way from a tower to a dump. They’re in the middle of nowhere, playing the most powerful music, and letting us observe their faces up close –…

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  • Il Principe di Ostia Bronx

    Il Principe di Ostia Bronx

    I got to see quite a few profoundly moving documentaries at this year’s version of Biografilm Festival in Bologna, but none touched me half as much as Il Principe di Ostia Bronx. Now that’s quite the statement, considering the selection of…

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  • SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

    SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

    Mick Rock was the man behind album covers such as Lou Reed’s Transformer, and The Stooges’ Raw Power, as well as David Bowie’s iconic Starman video, and was the creator of almost literally every photograph that has built up our…

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  • David Lynch – The Art Life

    David Lynch – The Art Life

    Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm could have not filmed David Lynch – The Art Life differently and still paid a fair tribute to the artist. Here, Lynch is seen out of his element, but more comfortable and at…

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  • Castro

    Castro

    Castro was the name given to an old occupied building in Rome where poor people, the unemployed, the retired, foreign families would come together, live together, and find a place of their own in an attempt to re-establish their lives….

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  • Prescription Thugs

    Prescription Thugs

    There are so many twists and turns in Chris Bell’s Prescription Thugs that the viewer is left feeling slightly disoriented by the time it finishes. Whether or not you’ve seen 2008’s Bigger, Stronger, Faster, the follow-up documentary Prescription Thugs released seven…

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  • Snow Monkey

    Snow Monkey

    Anyone who has seen one or more of what could be termed the new wave of Australian filmmaking, that includes films such as Animal Kingdom and the more recent Partisan will know what I mean when attempting to describe the…

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  • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

    Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

    Werner Herzog’s latest documentary is just as enjoyable and just as hilarious as the German master’s best; strangely reminiscent of earlier works like Little Dieter Needs to Fly – the way Herzog moves around his subjects, manipulates the angles, stages…

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  • The Ambassador of God

    The Ambassador of God

    “I’ll be right out, I’m not done playing with myself” said Brother Anthony, the Ambassador of God – the campest most eccentric, controversial ambassador God could ever hope to land. “There is no God – God is love”, he states…

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Reel Insights

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Hannah McHaffie’s Reel Insights

BEST OF ENEMIES, by
Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville

Hannah McHaffie wrote:

This film sees the freedom and variety of opinion captured in the Vidal/Buckley debates, despite the nastiness and cruelty that also bloomed there. Best of Enemies acknowledges that America now has an array of news channels whose political opinions determine their audience and highlights the ignorance this fuels…

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Georgia Xanthopoulou wrote:

Best of Enemies credits these debates for changing the face of American network television. Ratings were incredibly high, and the unprecedented clash of the two men put the network firmly on the map. Since then, networks have been operating more and more driven by sensationalism and trying to set up circumstances where things get out of hand…

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Reviews

  • The Story of 90 Coins

    The Story of 90 Coins

    The Story of 90 Coins opens on a refused proposal – or a postponed one anyway. In a desperate attempt to marry the woman of his dreams, a young man concocts a 90-day plan that he believes will get him the answer…

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  • Not Yet

    Not Yet

    Chad Hamilton tells a very simple story in his 10-minute short film that is also one of the most powerful independent shorts I have had the pleasure of watching. There is no dialogue, because the story does not need to…

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  • Is This Now

    Is This Now

    The story plays out over multiple settings, sliding across different dimensions and adapting itself to an ongoing shift in landscape. Is This Now changes quite rapidly both in setting and in the type of characters it follows. Starting in a grey,…

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  • Manifesto

    Manifesto

    Thirteen different Cate Blanchetts taking on thirteen very diverse roles, from a homeless man to a new reporter or a rock chick sick of it all — what else is new? Well, a lot. Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto is an overpowering eye candy,…

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  • Drowning by Numbers

    Drowning by Numbers

    Take your favourite Wes Anderson film and imagine it merged with a lesser-known Jean-Luc Godard picture and Ealing Studios’ Kind Hearts and Coronets and you’re close to understanding what British director Peter Greenaway is all about. Drowning by Numbers (1988) was played as…

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  • Una Mujer Fantastica

    Una Mujer Fantastica

    I saw Una Mujer Fantastica in this year’s edition of Biografilm Festival in Bologna, where although the filmmaker Sebastián Lelio could not be present, he had sent a little video introducing his film. That brief but striking introduction was extremely…

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  • American Scumbags

    American Scumbags

    If an attempt at describing this film is made, readers and potential viewers of American Scumbags will doubtlessly find no reason to explore Dakota Bailey’s latest film and will most likely find the idea of it reprehensible and irredeemable –…

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  • Wild

    Wild

    There’s a great reference to Cheryl Strayed‘s Wild in the Gilmore Girls reunion and it comes at the unlikeliest of times from the unlikeliest person. It’s been more than six months since the classic series’ spin-off got released by Netflix and…

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  • The Damned United

    The Damned United

    When Brian Clough took on the Leeds United of 1974, to say he had taken on more than he could chew would be an understatement. The Damned United is a fictionalized account of his brief stint with Don Revie’s team,…

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The Grump is continuously amusing, written with wit and handled with great care. Despair, anger and intolerance threaten to suffocate everyone before human kindness and patience step in to save the day. You can’t change people and the sooner we all embrace that the happier we’ll all be – that’s what The Grump wants you to know.

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The most expensive science experiment ever conducted – the development of the Large Hadron Collider – is the subject of Particle Fever, a documentary that presents the experiments that followed upon its completion. Theoretical physicist David Kaplan explains that what the LHC actually does is “nothing other than help us understand everything”.

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Scola’s film opens on a terrace party on a summer night where a middle-class group of communist filmmakers gather together in a glamorous and pretentious night filled with self-important discussion on the working classes, over-the-top exchanges, flirting, gossip, and crude jokes…

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Features

  • Amartya Bhattacharyya speaks to Unsung Films

    Amartya Bhattacharyya speaks to Unsung Films

    Amartya Bhattacharyya, writer-director of The Lost Idea, speaks to Unsung Films The Lost Idea is a fantasy driven tale of two men, a poet and a painter, claiming possession over the same Idea, in a rural village portrayed as a wonderland. Idea…

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  • An Interview with Colin Broderick

    An Interview with Colin Broderick

    Colin Broderick is a playwright, filmmaker and author. He grew up in the heart of Northern Ireland and was raised Irish Catholic during The Troubles. In 1988, at the age of twenty, he moved to the Bronx to drink, work…

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  • Les Diaboliques: Could the Wife Not Hate the Mistress?

    Les Diaboliques: Could the Wife Not Hate the Mistress?

    When a man cheats on his wife, it is often the case that the mistress will be considered the problem. She will be despised as well as envied – representing, in the wife’s mind, the cause and result of a…

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  • An Interview with Lindy Heymann

    An Interview with Lindy Heymann

    An Interview with Lindy Heymann, Director of Showboy, Kicks and The Laughing King Lindy Heymann is an award winning director who received a BIFA for Best Directorial Debut for her feature film Showboy, which also won Best Film at the Milan…

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  • Poker Night: A Tough Market for Indies

    Poker Night: A Tough Market for Indies

    For writer and director Greg Francis, the bulk of his work has been in television, working on shows like Outrageous 911, FBI: Criminal Pursuit and Wicked Attraction. However, recently Francis made his first steps into film. Taking on a lot…

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  • Cartel Land

    Cartel Land

    Danger and documentary have always gone hand in hand. The great masters of the genre have always strived to put their art before their safety. Matthew Heineman takes risk to a new level in Cartel Land, proving himself to be…

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  • The Gambler vs The Gambler

    The Gambler vs The Gambler

    Back in 1974, New York born writer and director James Toback was able to draw on his personal experiences with gambling as well as his experiences with teaching whilst he taught creative writing to students at the City College of…

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  • Matthew Orobko’s Top 10 Films of 2014

    Matthew Orobko’s Top 10 Films of 2014

    10.  Citizenfour The year’s best documentary also happens to be one of the year’s most tense films. Chronicling the few paranoid days in which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks with journalist Glenn Greenwald from a hotel room in Hong Kong…

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  • The Fall

    The Fall

    The bulk of dramas existing on television today seem to revolve around a serial killer hunted by a talented detective. It is also true that in these dramas, the antagonists are portrayed as genius murderers who go about their crimes…

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Unsung Cult

 

Dirty Harry relies heavily on Harry himself. His coolness is awe-inspiring –unlike Bullit, Harry is not portrayed as a introverted force who knows exactly what he’s doing, but as a loner who is as ruthless as he is moral. While these two characters have similarities, it is Harry’s edge that makes Dirty Harry the superior film…

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Unsung 90s

 

Malice maintains a slow, secretive pace throughout; and the very few times it picks up, it rushes to slow down
again. Every new piece of evidence we’re introduced to is revealed gradually, guardedly and amidst the shadows. The plots and subplots progress sultrily and possess an unmistakably sexual nature that cannot be ignored…

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Unsung Journey

 

Away We Go flows naturally and travels through states, emotions and realisations without preaching or drawing any life-changing conclusions. Its appeal lies in its truthful protagonists, the genuine warmth it induces and the recognisable quest for a home. Sam Mendes’ idea of a road trip could never fit the genre’s standard frame, but it does borrow some of its most appealing characteristics…

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