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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  • 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 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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  • A Different Brain

    A Different Brain

    A Different Brain deals with a diverse group of people from different parts of Britain who have all suffered damage to the brain in one form or another. These accidents have impacted their lives enormously, leaving them not as incoherent…

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  • The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo

    The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo

    (Original Title: L’Infinita Fabbrica del Duomo) A peculiar documentary film-description-presentation of Milan’s superb cathedral. A church larger than life and perhaps as close to the sublime as we have gotten in recent centuries. A work constantly progressing, as the title…

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Reel Insights

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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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  • 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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  • Look Who’s Back

    Look Who’s Back

    (Original Title: Er Ist Wieder Da) German people are not known to me for their sense of humour – they are though for their atrocities. David Wnendt changes this around completely, embarking on a highly self-deprecating comedy that is painfully…

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  • Porto


    Porto was produced by Jim Jarmusch, and very obviously so. Long, seemingly simple and void sequences, come to conjure up life and its most beautiful and devastating moments in just a few minutes. Whoever says these are long scenes where…

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  • Raise Your Kids on Seltzer

    Raise Your Kids on Seltzer

    Raise Your Kids on Seltzer is a film about a married couple, a film about two “deprogrammers” whose job it is to kidnap vulnerable and brainwashed cult members for concerned family and friends. It makes no effort to lay it…

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  • Slow West

    Slow West

    John Maclean’s Slow West is just as its title describes. The pace of the film, coupled with the wide expanses of the Wild West in the barren, cold-hearted wilderness of the 19th century, provides this film its odd atmosphere that…

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  • Miles Ahead

    Miles Ahead

    Cinema likes paying tribute to great musical figures and Miles Ahead falls into this category, studying a moment in the life and career of jazz legend Miles Davis, whose overall impact on music and on countless other artists has been…

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  • A Special Day

    A Special Day

    (Original title: Una Giornata Particolare) The first seven minutes of Ettore Scola’s A Special Day introduce us to the film’s setting via archival footage. For most people in Antonietta’s building, the day is special because it is 1938 and fascist…

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  • Awakenings


    Awakenings hasn’t been seen by as many people as it should have and hasn’t been praised nearly enough – it is definitely one of Robert De Niro’s greatest performances and sheds light on formally undiscovered (for me) aspects of the…

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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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  • 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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  • Annie Wilkes and Jack Torrance: A Comparison of Two Supervillains

    Annie Wilkes and Jack Torrance: A Comparison of Two Supervillains

    There’s something horrifying about Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes. There’s something shocking, chilling, heart-stopping about her. And these adjectives can be appropriately applied to Misery, the film based upon Stephen King’s famous novel of the same name. Two of the most intriguing…

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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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