The Big Risk

Sat 11 Nov

After hiding out in Milan for nearly a decade, fugitive gangland chief Abel Davos (Lino Ventura) sneaks back to Paris with his children despite a death sentence hanging over his head. Accompanied by appointed guardian Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo, fresh off his star turn in Breathless) and beset by backstabbing former friends, Abel begins a journey through the postwar Parisian underworld that’s both throat grabbing and soul searching. A thrilling highlight of Sixties French cinema.

Towering performance from Lino Ventura … a hard-boiled gem. – Eye for Film


Tickets available online and on the door.

The screening will be preceded by an introduction by Dr Pasquale Iannone, Lecturer in Film Studies (University of Edinburgh). He is also a critic and broadcaster.

Pasquale Iannone is a Film Lecturer, writer and broadcaster. He teaches at the University of Edinburgh and regularly contributes to Sight & Sound, Senses of Cinema and various BBC Radio programmes.


*Concession available for French Institute members, registered students, registered unemployed people, disabled people (free for accompanying person), seniors and under 18.