THIS November, December and January Inverness Film Fans will be screening a season of four films suggested by their members ranging from cinematic love song Cinema Paradiso, to the story of two generations of literary lovers in Possession.
Everyone is welcome to the public screeningsat Eden Court Cinema and after each film there’s a chance to have a chat about the movie.
Below the film fans explain what is so good about their four movie choices:
Tuesday, November 14 at 7.15pm
Le Quattro Volte
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Starring: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano
Italy / 2010 / 88 mins.
Michelangelo Frammartino’s quietly mesmeric drama sees the turning of the seasons and the cycle of life through the eyes of an ageing, ailing Calabrian shepherd. The setting is the fields and countryside around an ancient southern Italian village, beautifully captured by cinematographer Andrea Locatelli.
And sharing equal billing with the work’s near-silent central human protagonist are the goats of the flock he is nominally in charge of (though in reality the issue of who is caring for who is rather blurred), and the man’s mischievously intelligent sheep dog. The story also incorporates sections dedicated to a lost kid goat, a felled tree and a charcoal kiln. It’s a simple tale that unfolds slowly, with ravishing beauty, but it also leaves the viewer with plenty to think about.
Tuesday, November 29 at 7.15pm
Director: Neil LaBute
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam
USA & UK / 2002 / 102 mins
British-American romantic mystery drama film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. Roland Michell is an American scholar trying to make it in the difficult world of British Academia. He has yet to break out from under his mentor’s shadow until he finds a pair of love letters that once belonged to one of his idols, a famous Victorian poet. Michell, after some sleuthing, narrows down the suspects to a woman not his wife, another well-known Victorian poet.
Roland enlists the aid of a Dr. Maud Bailey, an expert on the life of the woman in question. Together they piece together the story of a forbidden love affair, and discover one of their own. They also find themselves in a battle to hold on to their discovery before it falls into the hands of their rival, Fergus Wolfe.
Tuesday, December 12 at 7.15pm
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili
Italy / 1988 / 155 mins
A man receives news from his aging mother in a little town that someone he once knew has passed away. A beautiful story unfolds about the man’s childhood friendship with an old man who was the projectionist at the local theater. Their bond was one that contained many highlights and tragedies, and shaped the way for a young boy to grow and move out of his rundown village to pursue a dream. If ever a movie came from the heart, it’s Giuseppe Tornatore’s nostalgic Cinema Paradiso, winner of the 1988 Academy Award for best foreign language film.
Tuesday, January 8 at 7.15pm
Life is Beautiful
Director: Robert Benigni
Starring: Robert Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini
Italy / 1997 / 116 mins
In this WW II tragicomedy, Guido marries Dora and together they have a son. Five years later they are imprisoned in a concentration camp. Guido does not want his son to know why they are there, so he says that it’s a game in which the winner receives a tank.
In one bold stride, Robert Benigni (director, star and screenwriter) has set himself apart from the rank and file of funnymen, joining the elite class of clowns who know that humor and heartbreak are only a howl of pain apart. Benigni won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance, while the film itself won the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
For more details: www.invernessfilmfans.org and www.eden-court.co.uk