DECEMBER is members’ choice month for Inverness Film Fans, whose contrasting choices are an adaptation of a British literary classic and a sometimes violent French prison drama.
Everyone is welcome at these public screenings, which are held at Eden Court Cinema and are followed by an opportunity for informal discussion.
The first choice, on Tuesday December 6, is the 1969 version of DH Lawrence’s Women in Love by often controversial director Ken Russell.
Set in the industrial British Midlands of the 1920s, it stars Oliver Reed and Alan Bates as two well-to-do best friends who fall in love with a pair of working class sisters, artist Gudrun (Glenda Jackson) and teacher Ursula (Jennie Linden).
Winner of a Best Actress Oscar for Glenda Jackson and a Golden Globe award for Best English-Language Foreign Film, Women in Love also features sumptuous cinematography by Billy Williams.
A Prophet, screened on Tuesday December 20, is a contemporary French crime drama from 2009.
Tahar Rahim gives a star making performance as teenage convict Malik, who is caught between feuding prison gangs of Corsicans and Muslims.
Offered protection, at a price, by Corsican mafioso César Luciani (Niels Arestrup), Malik rises through the ranks from a fearful, illiterate teenager to become an astute and powerful player in the criminal underworld.
]Winner of the BAFTA Best Foreign Language Film award, Cannes Grand Jury Prize, 11 César awards and a further 47 international film awards, A Prophet is seen as one of director Jacques Audiard’s finest films.
Both films are screened at 7.15pm.