SPOTLIGHT ON Inverness Film Festival 2011
The programme offers something for everyone and ranges from ground-breaking silent films and stories of outback life in Australia, to a 3 day programme of shorts, and a true cinematic epic.
The festival opens on Wednesday 9 Nov with The Deep Blue Sea. Directed by Terence Davies and starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddlestone, the film sees Weisz playing the bored wife of a judge who embarks on a passionate affair with a young RAF pilot.
Considered by many to be one of the best silent films ever made, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is screening on the 12 Nov and will be complimented by a new score by Aberdeen born guitarist Graeme Stephen.
Sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages is Red Dog, which re-tells the true story of a stray dog who helps to unite a disparate local community in the Australian outback. You can watch the official trailer below.
The Short Cuts series runs from the 11 - 13 Nov with an event on the 12 Nov entirely dedicated to short documentaries covering topics as varied as a perfectionist ballet shoe maker, deforestation in the Scottish Highlands and a community in Glasgow’s East End trying to save a rundown church.
And fans of epic cinema should look out for director Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon, which follows the adventures of a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil over the course of 4.5 hours.
Other films highlights in the packed five day programme include: new interpretations of The Thing and Wuthering Heights; Like Crazy, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Festival; Inni, Iceland band Sigur Ròs’s 2nd live concert film; and the world premiere of Graders, the debut film from filmmaker David Hutchison, shot in Lochinver, Kinlochbervie, Buckie and Edinburgh.
Also present at the festival will be Regional Screen Scotland’s Screen Machine - Scotland's only mobile cinema - which will act as an auxiliary venue showing four films including a portrait of controversial comic book writer Grant Morrison and Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower.
Inverness Film Festival closes on the 13 Nov with a screening of director Steve McQueen’s new film Shame.
How to Film a Fight Scene on the 12 Nov is a unique opportunity to find out how Ara Paiaya – one of the world’s most respected independent martial arts filmmakers – and his team, film their dramatic fight scenes. Festival goers can watch Ara's latest film, The Suppressor, on the 11 Nov.
And finally, those who think they know their movie trivia can put their knowledge to the test and win a variety of prizes on the last afternoon of the festival in the Film Quiz.
Inverness Film Festival and Regional Screen Scotland have received investment from Creative Scotland.
Regional Screen Scotland have recently launched their new Local Film Festivals, Touring Programmes & Audience Development Fund.
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