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Female film directors in focus for Inverness Film Fans

By SPP Reporter

FEMALE film directors will be the focus of the film choices shown by Inverness film Fans at their screenings in April and May.

Films by Chantal Akerman, Kelly Reichardt, Agnieszka Holland and Claire Denis have been chosen. Everyone is welcome at these public screenings, which are held at Eden Court Cinema and are followed by an opportunity for informal discussion.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Qual du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Tuesday April 4 at 7.15pm

Director: Chantal Akerman.

Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-alcroze.

Belgium/France / 1975 / 201 mins.

This 1975 experimental film follows a middle-aged widow driven to desperation by the crushing boredom of her regimented schedule of cleaning, cooking and mothering. The Belgian arthouse film by Chantal Akerman was called the “first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of the cinema” by The New York Times and has become a cult classic. Jeanne’s routine unravels subtly over three days as we see her activities reveal an intriguing and darker side to life.

Meek's Cutoff
Meek's Cutoff

Meek’s Cutoff

Tuesday April 18 at 7.15pm

Director: Kelly Reichardt.

Starring: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Will Patton.

USA / 2010 / 104 mins.

This American western by Kelly Reichardt is loosely based on a historical incident on the Oregon Trail where a small band of settlers suspect their guide doesn’t know where he is going after a two week journey stretches into five. Inevitably, tensions rise and the dynamics of power begin to shift with dwindling resources and a captured First Nation in their control. The star studded film showcases the talents of 2017 Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and the legendary Bruce Greenwood.

The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Tuesday May 2 at 7.15pm

Director: Agnieszka Holland.

Starring: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Andrew Knott, Heydon Prowse.

UK / 1993/ 102 mins.

The third film adaption of the classic drama fantasy novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett,The Secret Garden is a timeless tale of magic, hope and love. When a spoiled and neglected girl is orphaned and sent to live with her Uncle in England, she finds herself under the orders of housekeeper Mrs Medlock, played by Maggie Smith. The curious young girl soon discovers wonders around the grounds that reveal truths about her family, the mansion and of course, the secret garden.

The Intruder
The Intruder

The Intruder/L’Intrus

Tuesday May 16 at 7.15pm

Director: Claire Denis.

Starring: Michael Subor, Beatrice Dalle, Alex Descas.

France / 2004 / 130 mins

Written and directed by Claire Denis, L’intrus is based upon the autobiographical essay by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Fesival. The film follows an ex-mercenary nearing 70, who increasingly suffers from a heart condition, and abandons his home, pets and estranged son in pursuit of a black market heart transplant in Korea. This visual pilgrimage reveals a mysterious life with a mix of moods and raised questions that leaves audiences bewildered in its beautiful story telling method. 


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