INVERNESS film fans are saying "bienvenue!" to one of France’s best-known actors with a season of films in May and June.
Gerard Depardieu has made 170 films since his career began in 1967 – he’s working on seven this year.
"I never really like the characters I play. I only come to love them afterwards," the actor has said in the past.
Inverness Film Fans have chosen a selection of his films that includes two of the popular Jean de Florette series as well as The Singer – where the actor plays an aging dance band frontman – and Bon Voyage from 2003 set in the Second World War.
InFiFa’s film screenings are held every fortnight at Eden Court Cinema and the Depardieu season starts with Jean de Florette on Tuesday, May 13.
After the film is shown, there’s a discussion for anyone who wants to talk about what they’ve seen.
Here’s more about the films:
Jean de Florette
City dweller Jean Cadoret (Gerard Depardieu) inherits a farm in Provence and moves there with his wife and daughter to start a new, idyllic life in the country, only to fall victim to the envy and greed of his neighbours; Soubeyran (Yves Montand) and his nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil), who want the land and its precious natural spring for themselves. Jean de Florette is a captivating story of jealousy, human greed and fate with Depardieu’s magnificent performance as the ill-fated Jean at its heart. Nominated for eight César Awards and 10 BAFTAs this much-loved adaptation of Marcel Pagnol’s novel remains one of the finest films of the 1980’s and a classic of French Cinema.
Manon des Sources
Don’t miss the conclusion to the story of Jean de Florette in Claude Berri’s brilliant sequel, Manon des Sources. Now a shepherdess living on the land, Jean Cadoret’s grown-up daughter Manon seeks revenge on the men who conspired against her father.
There is a special ticket price to see both films – £10.
At the start of World War Two, a cabinet minister (Gerard Depardieu) joins a movie actress, a novelist, a journalist, a petty criminal, a scientist and his assistant attempting to escape the Nazi occupation of Paris by feeing south to Bordeaux. Taking refuge at the Hotel Spendide their lives and fates become entwined in a race against time to evade capture and imprisonment. Combining comedy, suspense and romance Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s stylish and entertaining adventure boasts a fine ensemble cast and rich period detail, winning best director, best film, best screenplay, best supporting actor, best production design and best cinematography at the 2004 César Awards.
When ageing singer Alain Moreau (Gerard Depardieu) encounters younger estate agent Marion (Cécile De France) in the crowd at one of his gigs, a tentative relationship begins to unfold, testing their expectations of themselves and each other. Xavier Giannoli’s quietly-assured and affecting drama features fine performances from charismatic leads Depardieu and De France in a bittersweet story about the choices we make in life and love. Depardieu’s performance as the middle-aged, sentimental crooner is perfectly pitched, bringing subtlety and pathos to a role which he inhabits with ease.
Jean de Florette is shown on Tuesday, May 13 at 7.15pm. Directed by Claude Berri, starring Gerard Depardieu, Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil (1986) (120 mins). The sequel Manon des Sources is shown on Tuesday, May 20 at 7.15pm. Directed by Claude Berri, starring Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuel Beart (1986) (113 mins). Bon Voyage is screened on Tuesday, May 27 at 7.15pm. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, starring Gerard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen (2003) (114mins). And the final film in the season is The Singer shown on Tuesday, June 10 at 7.15pm. Directed by Xavier Giannoli, starring Gerard Depardieu, Cécile De France, Mathieu Amalric (2006) (112mins). For more details, go to: www.invernessfilmfans.org.uk