From Friday 8 - Thursday 11 November the 17th Inverness Film Festival returns to showcase the best new cinema from across the globe, including 25 Scottish premieres.
The festival opens with Edward Norton’s 1950’s New York mystery Motherless Brooklyn and closes with Taika Waititi’s World War II satire Jojo Rabbit. In between, Eden Court will play host to 39 features and 32 short films from over 19 countries.
The festival continues to promote on and off-screen representation, with over 40% of this year’s new features and short films directed by women. These include new work from major international directors Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale) and Kim Longinotto (Shooting the Mafia), as well as debuts from firebrand new talents Mirrah Foulkes (Judy & Punch) and documentarians Ellen Fisk and Ellinor Hallin (Scheme Birds).
Other festival highlights include new features from visionary directors Terence Malick (A Hidden Life) and Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse). The New World Cinema strand features both established and emerging talent from countries including Denmark, Georgia, Kazakhstan and China. Highlights in our documentary strand include Syrian war doc The Cave and Down The Rabbit Hole, from Inverness director Mike Webster.
In person talent attending this year’s festival includes renowned composer and broadcaster Neil Brand, presenting his Laurel and Hardy show, and multi-instrumentalist David Allison, delivering a brand new live score for the rarely screened Rob Roy (1922). Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas will be in attendance alongside screenwriter Olivia Treed (Wuthering Heights) and director Johnny Campbell (Doctor Who, Westworld) to talk about Young Films Foundation with founder Chris Young.
Plus, a romcom retrospective featuring some titans of the genre completes another diverse programme for the Inverness Film Festival, offering something for everyone, at any age.
As we put the Inverness Film Festival programme out the UK is becoming more insular and inward looking. It is the job of a film festival to look outwards and to celebrate all the diversity and differences that makes this world so wonderful. In this festival we honour our differences by joining together work from around the world, if only everyone were as welcoming.
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