This past week saw the end of the 14th edition of River to River Florence Indian Film Festival. The Festival is part of the 50 days of International Cinema Festival in Florence.For the third consecutive year, the festival was also taken to Rome with screenings at Nuovo Cinema Aquila. The festival hosted 15 guests this year, with the Guest of Honor being actor Irrfan Khan, who was in Florence The star was honored during the festival with a retrospective of his films, which delighted the audience and the press. Irrfan Khan was also given the keys to the city of Florence by Mayor Dario Nardella, a gesture that touched the actor as well as the town's festival-goers.
The festival award for Best Film was given to Sold by director Jeffrey Brown and produced by Emma Thompson, based on an international bestseller by Patricia McCormick, telling the story of a young Nepalese girl who is sold and forced into prostitution in Calcutta.
This year River to River showcased 40 films, hosting several premieres. The festival has continued to grow and evolve through the years. One of the most important and symbolic evolutions is the fact that winners of the festival will be screened in Bombay later this year.