‘River to River’ Indian Film Festival Goes Virtual

  The 20th annual “River to River” Florence Indian Film Festival will take place from December 3 to 8 via Più Compagnia on Mymovies.it, the virtual cinema room of Cinema La Compagnia of Florence. This year’s special edition will be online for the first time, and will welcome activists, actors, and directors who will participate in talks that give insight into the various films screened. With a ticket costing €9.90, the entire program [...]

A Women’s Film Festival, ‘Cinema & Donne’

Another event brought to at-home screens, the 42nd annual “Cinema e Donne,” the International Women’s Film Festival, will take place online for three days only, from November 25 to 27.  Online from Più Compagnia through MyMovies, the program will feature 23 stories either made by or about women from all around the world, in countries like Hungary, Spain, Iran, Palestine, France, and more.  Fittingly, the inauguration will take place on the International Day for the [...]

Thanksgiving to Go in Florence, 2020

  Over recent years, Thanksgiving, which this year falls on November 26, has become a popular American tradition that even Italians and other foreigners like to partake in. Despite a worsening COVID situation, many around Florence have not let that stop them from getting into the holiday spirit.  Since the city and the Tuscan region have slipped into the red zone, the prospect of celebrating becomes a creative task, with safety the priority. [...]

World Documentaries at Festival dei Popoli 2020

Sunday, Nov. 15 – Sunday, Nov. 22: Festival dei Popoli, International Documentary Film Festival.    Online streaming through Cinema La Compagnia accessed via Più Compagnia.  Showings in the original language with subtitles. This year, the Tuscan-based Festival dei Popoli, or “Festival of the People,” arrives November 15 to 22 and is distinguished by virtual innovation, bringing the international documentary film festival and competition to anyone with “[a] connected device ‘as if one had [...]

Cinema & Contemporary Art at ‘Lo Schermo’

Because of the Covid-19 health emergency, The Festival of Cinema and Contemporary Art (Lo Schermo dell’Arte) will move forward with their thirteenth edition online November 10 through the 14th, remaining available online until November 22 through Più Compagnia.  All entries—some of which are in English including Keith Haring, Street Art Boy—will be shown in their original language with Italian subtitles..  For a standard ticket costing €9.90, those interested can see over 40 films, [...]

Covid-19 Restrictions Intensify in Italy

New nationwide restrictions to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus are mandated by government decree to begin on Friday, November 6 include the closure of museums, exhibitions and betting halls in addition to shopping malls and centers on the weekend.  The edict, which will remain in effect until December 3, also mandates online classes for all high school students and public transportation (buses, trams and trains) will be limited to to 50% [...]

A Month of Social Lockdown for Italy

As COVID cases are ticking upward around Europe, Italy remains vigilant while incorporating new restrictions almost daily. The latest national decree (DCPM) issued on October 25, 2020 will last for nearly a month–until November 24–in an effort to contain the spread.  It was issued not a day too soon: on October 26, 2,171 new Coronavirus patients with an average age of 43 were reported in Tuscany out of a population of 2.7 million, [...]

2020’s L’Eredità delle Donne (Legacy of Women)

“While man becomes a movie star, women are invisible and often remain so,” says artistic director of “The Legacy of Women” Festival (L’Eredità delle Donne) Serena Dandini. The festival returns for its third edition this year, with the recurring goal of promoting strong women across disciplines. Guests will participate in virtual discussions streamed on the website and in-person at the Manifattura Tabacchi from Friday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 25. All events will be [...]

FAI’s 2020 Autumn Days: Free Historical Tours

October 17 & 18 and October 24 & 25 offers guests the chance to visit historical and cultural landmarks—including normally inaccessible venues—in Florence thanks to the 2020 edition of FAI Autumn Days. Although admission is free, a visit to open sites during the weekend provides an opportunity to make a donation, large or small, to event organizer, FAI—the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian equivalent of the National Trust) —a  nonprofit organization, which safeguards [...]

‘Visual Voices”: the 2020 Middle East Now Festival

Florence’s 11th annual Middle East Now Festival, postponed from April, will be held from October 6-11, showcasing cinema, art and culture from the region and North Africa. Citizens of the Western, predominantly Judeo-Christian world often either know little about the Middle East or have some adverse opinions of the political, cultural situation there.  The organizers of the festival aim to enlighten attendees and open discussion on the diverse culture of the 17 nations [...]