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Italian classics among film fans' new season

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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: 

InFiFa Italian
InFiFa Italian

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.

Couple Possession
Couple Possession

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.

Possession 2
Possession 2

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.

Paradiso 1
Paradiso 1

Tuesday, December 12 at 7.15pm

Cinema Paradiso

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.

Beautiful 1
Beautiful 1

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 

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