Friday 8 April at the IFE – our last IFE screening!
Joseph Losey | 1976 | 2h03 | French with English subtitles
In this Kafkaesque tale set in 1942 in occupied Paris, Robert Klein is a prosperous art dealer who finds himself caught in an existential mystery when he is confused with a Jewish man of the same name who has been targetted by the Nazis.
“Mr Klein – Joseph Losey’s lost classic re-emerges. A masterpiece of identity crisis – a mesmeric cat-and-mouse played out in dreadful, ever-lengthening shadows.” (Danny Leigh, Financial Times)
“A slow-burning French thriller… Suffused not only with history, but also with echoes of Kafka, Dostoyevsky and the clipped paranoia of [director] Losey’s collaborations with Harold Pinter.” (The New York Times)
“Moody, elegantly disturbing and impeccably made by a master director, this story of blurred identities and casual immorality in German-occupied Paris benefits from what might be the best performance of star Alain Delon’s long career as well as potent cameos by Jeanne Moreau, Michel Lonsdale and Juliet Berto.” (Kenneth Kuran – Los Angeles Times)
The Guild Rooms and Cinema are located within the Filmhouse. However, this season, our entrance will be through Chuckie Pend. This is passage way located directly behind the Filmhouse building. It is accessible from Morrison Street (just off Lothian Road) and Festival Square (just to the left of the Sheraton Hotel building). (link to map)
We are delighted to be able to resume our weekly screenings in the Guild cinema.
The new season starts on Sunday 10 October with 2 films: . at 4:30pm: Faces Places [Visages Villages] by Agnès Varda (2017) . at 7pm: The Set-Up by Robert Wise (1949)
From then on, we will be screening 2 films each Sunday, until 12 December when our AGM will take place.
Details of the Autumn-Winter programme can be found under 2021 Programme as well as on the brochure (PDF which you can download).
How to join
Becoming a member is easy. You must be aged 18 or over. You can join in person before any of our screenings or online.
You can purchase a £25 Membership Card which entitles you to see any 5 films of your choice during the full season (2021-2022). You can top-up with additional cards as required. Note: your card must be stamped at each of the screenings you attend.
We do not sell tickets for individual films or for any specific films. Your membership fee helps to pay for a wide range of our operating costs.
Health and Safety
You must, by law, wear a face covering unless you are exempt. We are required to collect the contact details of all visitors, in line with NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect strategy.
The Guild is located within Filmhouse, however, this season, our entrance will be through Chuckie Pend, a passage way located directly behind the Filmhouse building. It is accessible from Morrison Street and Festival Square, just off Lothian Road. (map)
NOTE: Our cinema is small (30 seats) so, while this is not normally an issue, seating is always subject to availability.
Continuing our partnership with the Institut Français d’Ecosse (IFE) and as a tribute to Jean-Pierre Belmondo, we will be screening winner of the Grand Prix at the 1961 Venice Film Festival “Léon Morin, prêtre“, by French director Jean-Pierre Melville.
Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers a subtly sensual performance as a devoted young priest who is desired by all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow, played by Emmanuelle Riva, a religious skeptic whose relationship with her confessor turns into a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, ‘Léon Morin, Priest’ is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema’s towering virtuosos.
Belmondo was nominated for a BAFTA Best Actor Award for his role in the film.
“A peculiar combination of the intellectual and the instinctive, but it works beautifully.” (Combustible Celluloid)
“A thoughtful, moving evocation of spiritual life.” (Q Network)
“Melville’s most inventive, fluid moviemaking.” (Film Comment)
“Léon Morin, Priest is an elegant, entertaining and thought-provoking film. Miraculous cinema, even for heretics.” (Time Out)
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