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)
Watch the trailer.
Screening on Friday 1 October 2021 at 6:00pm: book your ticket here
We look forward to seeing you!