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7–11 Nov 2012 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

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Welcome to the 10th Inverness Film Festival. With this milestone I have decided to take a look at how cinema has changed over the last 120 years. Essentially it’s the same, images projected onto a screen in front of an audience, but there have been numerous changes and advances over the years to add new dimensions to old favourites. We’ll be screening George Méliès 110 year old film A Trip to the Moon alongside an inspiring documentary detailing the film’s preservation. We’ll have two of Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent films; The Pleasure Garden and Blackmail and both these films will have live piano accompaniment by Wendy Hiscocks. We’ll also fast-forward 40 years to the era of the grand cinema-scope epic, by screening David Lean’s sumptuous classic, Lawrence of Arabia. All four of these films will be screened using beautiful brand new digital prints. We’re delighted to be screening one of the greatest love letters to cinema ever made, Hungarian director György Pálfi’s, ode to cinema Final Cut – Ladies And Gentlemen. Looking towards the future of cinema, we’ll screen Christopher Kenneally’s fascinating documentary Side By Side, which looks at the changing techniques involved in film-making. Every year we take a look at the work of first time directors so that you can get a first glimpse at the up and coming talent in world cinema. This year we have debuts from Scott Graham, Shell (Scotland), Tusi Tamasese, The Orator (New Zealand), Brandon Cronenberg, Antiviral (Canada), Leo Khasin, Kaddish For A Friend (Germany) and Tim Connery, Easton’s Article (America). As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Inverness Film Festival, I’d like to give special thanks to Michael McDaid, who began the festival, and Matt Lloyd who co-directed my first three festivals. I hope you enjoy the films, and remember don’t forget to vote for the audience award (the first three have gone to Japan, Sweden and Australia, I wonder where will be next). Paul Taylor, Festival Director and Eden Court Cinema Programmer PS You will note that some of the screenings are certified ‘IFF’ rather than the conventional BBFC certificates. This just means that at the time of publication, the BBFC hadn’t given the film a certificate – so we‘ve made our best guess. If you are unsure as to the age suitability of any screening, please ask the Box Office staff, or visit the Inverness Film Festival website for up to date information.

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EDEN COURT PROUDLY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF THE INVERNESS FILM FESTIVAL. All screenings will be held at Eden Court.

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Opening Night Gala Amour

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Closing Night Gala Quartet

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A Liar's Autobiography

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I Wish

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Aelita: Queen of Mars

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The Hunt

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Silent Film Explainers

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Great Expectations

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Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen

Shell

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The Pleasure Garden

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Sightseers

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Black Mail

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Seven Psychopaths

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Celeste and Jesse Forever

Extraordinary Voyage / A Trip To The Moon

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Safety Not Guaranteed

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Side By Side

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Kaddish For A Friend

Gazta Zati Bat Timetable How To Start A Revolution

Page 34 What Is This Film Called Love? / Ivan the Terrible, Part 2

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The Orator

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Lawrence of Arabia

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Two Little Boys

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Inverness Local History Forum

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Antiviral

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Short Cuts 1

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Cloudburst

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Short Cuts 2

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Captive

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Short Docs

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Starbuck

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Audience Award

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Easton’s Article

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Tickets and Info

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OPENING NIGHT GALA

AMOUR LOVE

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Georges and Anne are a blissfully married couple. Retired teachers in their 80s, they live a quiet, cultured life. But when Anne suffers the first of a series of strokes it falls to George to care for her. Having promised that he would never put her in a home or hospital Georges’ finds himself under increasing pressure and his love for his wife is tested to the limits. This new film from Michael Haneke, director of The White Ribbon, stars a genuine legend of European cinema – Jean-Louis Trintigant (My Night With Maud, Three Colours: Red, The Conformist), in what could be his last great role.

(12A) I

WED 07 NOV

I 19.30

Austria/France/Germany I 2012 I 127 mins I (French with subtitles) Director: Michael Haneke Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert sonyclassics.com/amour I With thanks to Artificial Eye.

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM

QUARTET

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. Based on the play by the Oscar-winning writer Ronald Harwood (The Pianist). Quartet is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and stars some of the best British actors around. Hoffman brings out the best in his actors in a film which is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser.

(IFF 12+) I

SUN 11 NOV

I 19.30

UK I 2012 I 90 mins Director: Dustin Hoffman Starring: Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon With thanks to Momentum Pictures.

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HIGHLIGHTS A LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY – THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON’S GRAHAM CHAPMAN SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as ‘the dead one from Monty Python’, writes and stars in this animated feature about his own life. Narrated by Chapman before his death in 1989 this animation is incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True…who knows? At his memorial service John Cleese called Chapman ‘a freeloading bastard’. Now, as the film reunites him with Cleese, Jones, Palin and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title – the most prolific corpse since Elvis. I had no idea until now that Graham Chapman is in fact dead – I thought he was just being lazy. Terry Jones (15) I

WED 07 NOV

I 19.00

UK I 2012 I 85 mins Director: Bill Jones, Ben Timlett, Jeff Simpson Voices: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin With thanks to Trinity Filmed Entertainment.

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HIGHLIGHTS

I WISH KISEKI

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Sometimes the most wondrous films that you will ever see come out of no-where, they sneak up on you and leave an impression so strong you just can’t shake it. This is such a film. It is the simple story of two young brothers who wish for their family to be reunited after their parents’ divorce. They hear a rumour that when the new bullet trains pass each other on the newly laid tracks near their town, they get a wish. So, along with a few of their friends, they set out on a journey to witness a miracle that could improve their difficult lives. After films such as Nobody Knows, Still Walking and the truly exceptional I Wish, Hirokazu Koreeda is fast turning into Yasujirô Ozu’s heir. His eye for small details and the way that families and children interact with one another is unmatched by anyone in cinema today. (IFF 8+) I

THU 08 NOV

I 18.00

Japan I 2011 I 128 mins I (Japanese with subtitles) Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Starring: Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi With thanks to Verve Pictures and Arrow Films. I magpictures.com/iwish

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HIGHLIGHTS

THE HUNT JAGTEN SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Valhalla Rising (IFF 09) star Mads Mikkelsen gives a career best performance as a nursery teacher falsely accused by his best friend’s daughter of child abuse. As the small community in which he has lived his entire life turns against him, he discovers what it means to be truly alone. The Hunt is Thomas Vinterberg’s return to form, and his finest film since Festen. Winner of three awards at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, including Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen.

(15) I

SAT 10 NOV

I 19.30

Denmark I 2012 I 115 mins I (Danish with subtitles) Director: Thomas Vinterberg Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp With thanks to Verve Pictures & Arrow Films.

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT EXPECTATIONS SCOTTISH PREMIERE

From the director of Four Weddings and A Funeral comes a fresh adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic rags-to-riches tale, Great Expectations. Scripted by One Day author David Nicholls and featuring an all star cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine and Sally Hawkins this is sure to delight Dickens’ fans.

(12A) I

FRI 09 NOV

I 18.00

UK/USA I 2012 I 128 mins Director: Mike Newell Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter With thanks to Lions Gate.

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HIGHLIGHTS

SHELL

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

In a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, 17 year old Shell lives and works with her father at a small petrol station. With only each other for company, they spend their days tending to domestic chores and to the needs of the occasional passing motorist. Scott Graham’s feature debut, based on his award-winning short of the same name, examines the claustrophobic relationship between a father and daughter. It is a film of such poetic beauty that it marks him out as one of Britain’s top young directors. Scott Graham and the producers will be introducing Shell. (IFF 15+) I

FRI 09 NOV

I 20.30

UK I 2012 I 90 mins Director: Scott Graham Starring: Chloe Pirrie, Joseph Mawle, Iain de Caestecker With thanks to Verve Pictures.

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HIGHLIGHTS

SIGHTSEERS SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see: the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. Erotic odyssey… Killing spree… Caravanning holiday… This trip is all that and more. Ben Wheatley is the UK’s hottest young director (after the breathtaking Kill List & Down Terrace) with Sightseers cementing his place as not just an interesting and promising film-maker, but a great one.

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I 18.30

UK I 2012 I 88 mins Director: Ben Wheatley Starring: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram With thanks to Studio Canal. I sightseersmovie.com

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HIGHLIGHTS

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Written and Directed by Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh, comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. Colin Farrell reteams with the In Bruges director in a film that features an all star cast, and is sure to be one of the cinema highlights of the year.

(15) I

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I 20.30

UK I 2012 I 106 mins Director: Martin McDonagh Starring: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson sevenpsychopaths.com I With thanks to Momentum Pictures.

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HIGHLIGHTS

CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Celeste and Jesse met in high school, married young and are now growing apart. Thirty-year old Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, whilst Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do, Celeste decides that if they do it now instead of later they can remain supportive friends. But as the reality of their separation sets in, she slowly and painfully realises she has been cavalier about their relationship and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. A rare romantic comedy that really rings true. Will be released nationwide on Fri 07 Dec 2012. (15) I

SUN 11 NOV

I 19.00

USA I 2012 I 92 mins Director: Lee Toland Krieger Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood With thanks to Buena Vista International. I sonyclassics.com/celesteandjesseforever

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HIGHLIGHTS

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED SCOTTISH PREMIERE

*Wanted* Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. When this unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth who claims to have solved the riddle of time travel. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you. Sundance Film Festival, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award 2012

(IFF 15+) I

SUN 11 NOV

I 21.00

USA I 2012 I 86 mins Director: Colin Trevorrow Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson safetynotguaranteedmovie.com I With thanks to Vertigo Films.

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YOUTH PROGRAMMERS

KADDISH FOR A FRIEND KADDISCH FĂœR EINEN FREUND

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

14 year old Palestinian Ali has just moved with his family from an immigration centre to a tough Berlin neighbourhood. Wanting nothing more than to be accepted by his fellow Arab youths he agrees to break in and vandalise the apartment of his elderly Jewish neighbour Alexander. Forced by his mother, Ali helps Alexander get his flat back together. As they work side by side, the relationship between the feisty pair flits between mutual dislike, understanding and finally friendship, as they realise that the fragile existence of each depends in a large part on the other. Russian director Leo Khasin’s debut film is both inspiring and startling in its naturalism and in its quest to get to the heart of two conflicting cultures. This film was selected by and will be introduced by the IFF Youth Programmers. (IFF 12+) I

SAT 10 NOV

I 17.15

Germany I 2012 I 94 mins I (German, Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles) Director: Leo Khasin Starring: Ryszard Ronczewski, Neil Belakhdar With thanks to SiMa Film.

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NEW ZEALAND CINEMA

THE ORATOR O LE TULAFALE SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa, and dreams of one day following in his father’s footsteps to become the village chieftain. When his family’s reputation is threatened Saili must find the words and strength of his fathers to save their legacy. The Orator is the debut feature from Tusi Tamasese and is the first film to be made in Samoan. The beauty of the Samoan landscape is perfectly captured by the acclaimed New Zealand cinematographer Leon Narbey (Whale Rider, Dean Spanley). (IFF 12+) I

SAT 10 NOV

I 12.00

New Zealand/Samoa I 2011 I 110 mins I (Samoan with subtitles) Director: Tusi Tamasese Starring: Fa’afiaula Sanote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia theoratorfilm.co.nz I With thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

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NEW ZEALAND CINEMA

TWO LITTLE BOYS This irreverent comedy is about Nige, his best mate Deano and their riotous misadventures as they struggle with their imploding long-term friendship. When Nige finds himself in a spot of bother after a series of unfortunate incidents, he is forced to ask Deano for help. The only problem is that Deano is really not the kind of guy you should turn to in a crisis. This film has got a lot of good bits. It’s got penguins and toasted sandwiches. It’s got a ginger cat and best mates. It’s got a really little dolphin. It’s got wicked t-shirts and hand brake skids. It’s got sea lions. It’s got a really cool lighthouse. And it’s got Hamish Blake and Bret McKenzie. Hopscotch Films

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

(IFF 15+) I

Bret is best known for being one half of the Flight of the Conchords.

SUN 11 NOV

I 16.45

New Zealand I 2012 I 105 mins Director: Robert Sarkies Starring: Bret McKenzie, Hamish Blake, Maaka Pohatu facebook.com/TwoLittleBoysfilm I With thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

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WORLD CINEMA

ANTIVIRAL

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Set in a dystopian future where celebrity obsession is taken to such extremes that to get up close and personal with the stars hardcore fans get themselves injected with viruses and diseases that once lived inside their idols. When Syd, a young man employed by the corporation which markets celebrity viruses, is infected by the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, he must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life. The first feature film from the son of iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg shows a director with great promise and with an eye for the strange – wonder where he got that from? (IFF 15+) I

WED 07 NOV

I 21.00

Canada/USA I 2012 I 110 mins Director: Brandon Cronenberg Starring: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell With thanks to Momentum Pictures.

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WORLD CINEMA

CLOUDBURST

Stella and Dot have been a couple for 31 years and have faithfully accompanied one another through lifes ups and downs. Now in their 70s, they are driven to make a bold decision when Dot’s pruidish granddaughter forces her into a home and away from Stella. In a last bid attempt to stay together, they go on the road and make for Canada, where same sex marriage is legal. This hilarious film has won numerous awards at festivals around the world and contains more swearing than previously thought possible – most of it from the mouth of Olympia Dukakis in the role of a lifetime. Plays with the short AWOL. See page 38 for details. (IFF 15+) I

FRI 09 NOV

I 14.00

USA/Canada I 2011 I 93 mins Director: Thom Fitzgerald Starring: Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Kristin Booth With thanks to Emotion Pictures. I cloudburstmovie.com

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WORLD CINEMA

CAPTIVE

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Isabelle Huppert plays one of a group of holiday makers that were kidnapped at a Filipino island resort by a group of Muslim Abu Sayyaf terrorists in 2001. This dramatisation follows the hostages through nearly a year of hellacious wanderings through the Filipino jungle as they are moved around the island. As rescue efforts fail and hope fades the group search within for the strength to endure. Cannes-winning Philippine director Brillante Mendoza’s new film is his most political work to date, and shows why he is considered to be one of Asia’s most important auteurs. (IFF 15+) I

FRI 09 NOV

I 19.00

France/Philippines/Germany/UK I 2012 I 120 mins I (In Tagalog and English) Director: Brillante Mendoza Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Coco Martin, Kathy Mulville, Marc Zanetta With thanks to Film Distribution.

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WORLD CINEMA

STARBUCK SCOTTISH PREMIERE

To his family, 42 year old David Wozniak is a man-child who has never really grown up. Coasting through life with minimal effort he maintains a complicated relationship with Valerie, a young policewoman. Just as she tells him she is pregnant David’s past resurfaces. He discovers that to 533 people who were conceived using his donated sperm he is known as ‘Starbuck’ – the anonymous name the sperm bank gave him in his youth. And to 142 of those that have filed a class action lawsuit to discover his identity, he is ‘Dad’. Is David Wozniak man enough for one child, let alone 142 grown-up men and women? The rights for Starbuck have just been bought by Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks. See the Canadian original before the big budget American remake for one of the most enjoyable comedies for a long time. (15) I

FRI 09 NOV

I 21.30

Canada I 2011 I 103 mins I (French with subtitles) Director: Ken Scott Starring: Patrick Huard, Julie Le Breton, Antoine Bertrand With thanks to Signature Entertainment.

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WORLD CINEMA

EASTON’S ARTICLE

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Set in 1997, computer programmer Easton Denning returns home for the first time in almost 20 years. After he finds his future obituary buried in a cryptic internet file he’s forced to confront his troubled past in order to prevent his predicted demise. What Tim Connery’s debut lacks in budget it more than makes up for with big ideas. This intelligent sci-fi drama recalls the likes of Primer and Pi and is a great calling card for a director to watch out for in the future. Plays with the short Inertia. See page 39 for details.

(IFF 15+) I

SAT 10 NOV

I 21.30

USA I 2012 I 100 mins Director: Tim Connery Starring: Chad Meyer, Kristina Johnson, Dan Flannery With thanks to Tim Connery. I eastonsarticle.com

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DOCUMENTARY

A PIECE OF CHEESE GAZTA ZATI BAT UK PREMIERE

Basque Country lies within the border between France and Spain. The Basque debate for independence has been ongoing since the 19th century and the Basque conflict has resulted in the death of more than 1,000 people. This documentary presents the conflict in a new and innovative way, focusing on the people of a small Basque village, which is famous worldwide for its cheese. In 2009 their adventure brought them to Inverness where they performed at the Inverness Highland Games and became witness to the historic events taking place as Scotland prepares for its Independence Referendum. A Piece of Cheese premiered at the 10th Amnesty International Human Rights Festival held in Donostia-San Sebastian in April. This UK Premiere is a gift to the people of Inverness for the staging of Highland Games in Ordizia and Pamplona in 2010. (IFF 12+) I

SAT 10 NOV

I 20.00

Spain I 2011 I 90 mins I (Basque with subtitles) Director: Jon Maia I gaztazatibat.eu I All Tickets ÂŁ2.00

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TICKETS & INFO

THU 08 NOV

FRI 09 NOV

11.30 THE PLEASURE GARDEN

11.30 BLACKMAIL

14.00 EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE & TRIP TO THE MOON

FROM 13.00 SHORT CUTS 1 14.00 CLOUDBURST

18.00 I WISH

19.00 AELITA: QUEEN OF MARS 19.00 A LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY 19.30 AMOUR OPENING NIGHT GALA

17.00 SIDE BY SIDE

18.00 GREAT EXPECTATIO 19.00 CAPTIVE

20.30 FINAL CUT 20.30 SHELL

21.00 ANTIVIRAL

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NFO 01463 234 234 www.invernessfilmfestival.com NOV

SAT 10 NOV

SUN 11 NOV

FROM 11.00 SHORT DOCUMENTARIES

11.00 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

3.00 UTS 1

12.00 THE ORATOR

FROM 11.30 SHORT CUTS 2

0 URST

14.00 INVERNESS LOCAL HISTORY FORUM

0 Y SIDE

14.30 HOW TO START A REVOLUTION

16.45 TWO LITTLE BOYS

15.00 WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE?

17.00 SILENT FILM EXPLAINERS

0 MAIL

0 CTATIONS 0 IVE

17.00 IVAN THE TERRIBLE PART 2 17.15 KADDISH FOR A FRIEND

19.00 CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

18.30 SIGHTSEERS 0 LL 0 UCK

19.30 THE HUNT

19.30 QUARTET CLOSING NIGHT GALA

20.00 GAZTA ZATI BAT 20.30 SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

21.00 SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

21.30 EASTON’S ARTICLE

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DOCUMENTARY

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION

Half a world away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, an ageing American intellectual shuffles around his cluttered terrace house in a working-class Boston neighbourhood. His name is Gene Sharp. White-haired and now in his mid-eighties, he grows orchids, he has yet to master the internet and he hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world’s dictators his ideas can be the catalyst for the end of their regime. Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp is one of the globe’s greatest thinkers on nonviolent revolutions. His work over the last 50 years has been groundbreaking. (IFF 12+) I

SAT 10 NOV

I 14.30

UK/Egypt/Serbia and Montenegro/USA I 2011 I 85 mins Director: Ruaridh Arrow Starring: Gene Sharp howtostartarevolutionfilm.com

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FILM EVENT

AELITA: QUEEN OF MARS

When engineer Los receives a mysterious radio signal from Mars he begins to fantasise about being watched from the planet where Aelita, daughter of the totalitarian leader, has been watching him from her telescope. With his marriage crumbling, Los becomes obsessed with building a spaceship that will take him to the woman of his dreams. Aelita: Queen Of Mars was the first science fiction film made in the Soviet Union during its golden era of film-making in the 1920’s. Predating Fritz Lang’s German expressionist masterpiece Metropolis by 3 years, Aelita was an influence on numerous films that followed over the next 90 years. This film will be accompanied by the acclaimed musical group Minima who have written an ambient, atmospheric and electrifying score especially for the film. (IFF 8+) I

THU 08 NOV

I 19.00

Soviet Union I 1924 I 70 mins I Silent movie Director: Yakov Protazanov Starring: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli minimamusic.co.uk

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FILM EVENT

SILENT FILM EXPLAINERS Live musicians were an essential part of the cinema experience, but some audiences were also treated to the finely honed craft of the Film Explainer. Part narrator and part actor, the film explainer stood next to the screen enriching the movies with an entertaining combination of background information, unique interpretation and theatrical storytelling. Join Scottish storyteller Andy Cannon, cellist/composer Wendy Weatherby and respected piper/guitarist Frank McLaughlin as they revive this lost art with their popular brand of traditional stories and music accompanying rare films from the Scottish Screen Archive including Scotland’s first fiction film from 1912. (IFF 4+) I

SUN 11 NOV

I 75 mins I Tickets £10.00 I 17.00

With thanks to Bo’ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

FILM INFORMATION: BUY YOUR OWN CHERRIES UK I 1904 I 4m 30s I Silent Possibly made for the Grand Lodge of England, Buy Your Own Cherries promotes the Temperance Movement showing how drink can lead to ruin.

MAIRI: ROMANCE OF A HIGHLAND MAIDEN Dir: Andrew Paterson I UK I 1912 I 17m 20s Silent dramatised account of Mairi, a young girl in love with a Revenue Officer and caught up in a fight to catch smugglers. This film was first shown to the public in the Central Hall Picture House, Inverness on 20 May 1912. It is believed to be one of the earliest story films made in Scotland.

ST KILDA: BRITAIN’S LONELIEST ISLE Dir: Paul Robello, Bobbie Mann I UK I 1923/1928 I Silent A filmed voyage by steamer from Glasgow to St Kilda, containing scenes of the ports en route and life of the population on St Kilda.

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PAST / FUTURE CINEMA FINAL CUT – LADIES AND GENTLEMEN FINAL CUT – HÖLGYEIM ÉS URAIM

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

Final Cut could be one of the greatest achievements in cinema. It is the age-old story of boy meets girl – they fall for each other, but the girl already has a boy who wants to fight for her. One of the oldest stories in film, only what György Pálfi spectacular movie does is tells this story using clips from 500 of the finest films ever made. When the boy and girl look at each other it’s Sophia Loren/ Woody Allen /Joan Chen/Alain Delon looking back – when the two men face off it’s Charles Bronson/Darth Vader/Keanu Reeves/Toshirô Mifune/ Indiana Jones/Jason Bourne fighting over her. György Pálfi’s film is much more than just a film. It’s a celebration of cinema. It’s the greatest mix tape ever made. (IFF 18+) I

THU 08 NOV

Hungary I 2012 I 84 mins I 20.30 Director: György Pálfi Starring: Some of the biggest stars in cinema’s history With thanks to Wild Bunch International Sales. I finalcut-movie.com

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SILENT HITCHCOCK As part of our past/future of cinema strand we bring you new digital restorations of two of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest films.

THE PLEASURE GARDEN The diverging lives of two dancers are told in suitably melodramatic style: one ascends to the heights, the other stumbles into a marriage with a dangerous womaniser. Hitchcock confidently ‘signed’ The Pleasure Garden, his debut as a director, with a handwritten signature on the opening credits, characteristically defending his decision by saying ‘Actors come and actors go, but the name of the director should stay clearly in the mind of the audiences’. (PG) I

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I UK/Germany I 1926 I 75 mins

Director: Alfred Hitchcock I Starring: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and Matt Spick.

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SILENT HITCHCOCK BLACKMAIL Through its mixture of location filming and roster of believable working-class characters, Hitchcock’s seminal thriller (made in both sound and silent versions) succeeds as a rich evocation of London life. (PG) I

FRI 09 NOV I 11.30

I UK I 1929 I 84 mins

Director: Alfred Hitchcock I Starring: Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.

WENDY HISCOCKS The Pleasure Garden and Blackmail will be accompanied by pianist Wendy Hiscocks. Wendy was born in Wollongong and studied composition with the celebrated Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe at the University of Sydney. Since moving to London in 1988 she has received commissions, premières and broadcasts from distinguished soloists, ensembles, choirs and festivals from around the world. A recent recording of Wendy performing her chamber music has been released on the Symposium label and her skills as composer-pianist are much in demand for silent film accompaniment with appearances at the BFI South Bank, the Barbican, UK Festivals and Welsh National Opera. For more details visit Wendy’s website: www.wendyhiscocks.com

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GEORGES MÉLIÈS THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE LE VOYAGE EXTRAORDINAIRE Technology and infinite patience from the alchemist's stone turns celluloid dross into cinematic gold in Serge Bromberg’s and Eric Lange’s tale of preservation magic. The 12-year restoration of a colour version of George Méliès’ seminal 1902 masterpiece A Trip to the Moon involved long, slow, tedious processes but Bromberg's documentary, liberally sprinkled with fanciful excerpts from Méliès’ surviving works, never bogs down in scientific detail. (IFF 8+) I

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I France I 2011 I 65 mins I (French with subtitles)

Director: Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange Starring: Costa-Gavras, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Gondry

PLUS A TRIP TO THE MOON LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE A Trip To The Moon has now been restored in its original hand-coloured version by the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage. An original soundtrack to accompany this masterpiece has been composed by the French band Air. (U) I France I 1902 I 15 mins I (French with subtitles) Director: Georges Méliès I Starring: Georges Méliès, Victor André and Bleuette Bernon Restoration by Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage. With thanks to Park Circus.

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SIDE BY SIDE: THE SCIENCE, ART AND IMPACT OF DIGITAL CINEMA

For almost one hundred years there was only one way to make a movie – with film. But over the last two decades a digital process has emerged to challenge photochemical filmmaking. In Side By Side Keanu Reeves investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. Through interviews with directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, editors and exhibitors, Reeves reveals their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital. At at time when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, Side By Side explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring. (IFF 12+) I

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I 17.00

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WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE? After spending several years making The Story of Film, Mark Cousins made this film over three days, for just £10. The film is a love poem to both the cinema of Sergei Eisenstein and the man himself, as Mark walks around the city where the great Russian director spent time in the early 1930’s. Cousins carries his photograph and tells him what’s been happening in both cinema and the world.

(IFF 15+) I

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UK I 2012 I 78 mins Director: Mark Cousins I Starring: Mark Cousins, Sergei Eisenstein (photo) With thanks to The Festival Agency. I whatisthisfilmcalledlove.co.uk

IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART 2 Originally conceived as a trilogy Eisenstein’s Ivan The Terrible, Part 2 was banned by the Soviet authorities. Stalin liked the first instalment but considered the portrayal of the 16th century Tsar in Part 2 to be a little too close to the bone. Featuring truly spectacular sets and performances this could be seen as being Eisenstein’s real masterpiece.

Buy a ticket to both What Is This Film Called Love? and Ivan The Terrible: Part 2 for £8.00 (PG) I

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I 17.00

Soviet Union I 1958 I 98 mins I (Russian with subtitles) Director: Sergei Eisenstein I Starring: Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman With thanks to Cats&Docs.

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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

In it’s 50th Anniversary year comes a new digital restoration of one of the most popular and influential films in the history of cinema. Peter O’Toole’s career-making performance in this classic World War I drama sees him as a young, idealistic British officer who aids the Arabs in their rebellion against the Turks. (PG) I

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I 11.00

UK/USA I 1962 I 228 mins Director: David Lean I Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness With thanks to Park Circus.

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INVERNESS LOCAL HISTORY FORUM Screening a selection of films highlighting the work of the Scottish Screen Archive, part of the National Library of Scotland. To help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Inverness Local History Forum, Scottish Screen Archive presents treats which will focus on Inverness and its surrounds. Local films by the filmmaker and former manager of the Playhouse Cinema in Inverness, Jimmy Nairn, will show a sample of Inverness history from the 1930s to the 1950s, from celebrity visits to soldiers going to war. You will also have the chance to reminisce about the Highlands of the 1960s and 1970s with two promotional tourist films. Highland Capital (1968) exhibits the points of interest for Inverness and the surrounding area while Highland Holiday (1972) takes an artistic view of the Highlands as a tourist and activities destination. Introduced by Scottish Screen Archive Curator, Alistair Bell

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Love the film festival? Eden Court Cinema offers the very best in cinema all year round. TWO STATE OF THE ART CINEMAS DIGITAL SOUND FULLY LICENSED HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTERS DOCUMENTARY WORLD CINEMA

Eden Court Cinema…your cinema

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FRI 09 NOV I FROM 13.00 I (IFF 15)

THE COLLECTOR

Based on a short story by award winning author Jonathan Lethem, ‘The Collector’ dissects one man’s obsessive compulsion for gathering materialistic possessions, showing him at three different ages throughout his life. UK I 2012 I 18 mins I Director: Andrew John Rainnie

RUNNERMAN: THE BALLAD OF JACKIE REID

The Highland’s own long-distance runner, Jackie Reid, was selected by the Team GB Olympic Squad to compete in the 10,000 metres in London 2012. This short film documents his intense training regime and his relationship with his coaching staff, as well as delving head first into the psyche of a born champion. UK I 2012 I 15 mins I Director: Rory Hutcheson

THE COTTAGE

An unsettling tale about loss, isolation, attachment and moving on. UK I 2012 I 15 mins I Director: Christopher L. Cook

AWOL

Through a string of voicemail messages left between two lovers, the couple soon discover the true reality of their partner’s character. UK I 2012 I 4 mins I Director: Lainey Adjoa Richardson

STEVE DILWORTH – A PORTRAIT

A short film about the working practices and work of the sculptor Steve Dilworth – the designer of the Inverness Film Festival audience award. UK I 2012 I 15 mins I Director: Paul Cox I Starring: Steve Dilworth

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SUN 11 NOV I FROM 11.30 I (IFF 15+)

SAVED

An 11 year old girl struggles to survive as her world is suddenly torn apart by a deadly virus. UK I 2011 I 11 mins Director: Stuart Elliott I Starring: Megan Fraser, Bailey Newsome, Eric Robertson

DEATH IN A NUT

When Death comes to take Jack’s mother away, Jack beats him ’til he is small enough to be put in a nut and thrown out to sea. UK I 2012 I 16 mins Director: Tom Chick I Starring: James Anthony Pearson, Kathryn Howden, Tam Dean Burn

SWEETHEART

Lou may have Down’s Syndrome but is more than capable of looking after herself and longs to break away from her controlling sister Ashley. When a new man comes into their lives, frustrations come to a head as the sisters become love rivals. UK I 2012 I 15 mins Director: Eva Riley I Starring: Jo Eastwood, Nicola Jo Cully, Iain Louden

FOXY AND MARINA

A lyrical romance set in the not-so-romantic world of drug addiction. A young boy from Skye flirts with the idea of giving up heroin and returning home to the islands. But then he meets Marina. UK I 2012 I 24 mins Director: Zachariah Copping I Starring: Lorne MacFadyen, Pollyanna McIntosh, Mark Oliver

INERTIA

The story of one man’s epic quest to return all the stuff his girlfriend has left at his house. UK I 2012 I 7 mins Director: Will Herbert I Starring: Adam Davies, James Jowett

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SHORT DOCS

SAT 10 NOV I FROM 11.00 I (IFF 15)

POLARIS

Work. Eat. Sleep. And back to work. For a long time skippers in the North East of Scotland could not find locals to work on their fishing vessels. That was until Filipino fishermen started coming to town for work. UK I 2012 I 15 mins I Director: Chico Pereira

POUTERS

A modern day story of undying commitment, rivalry, family and friendship interwoven by an underground and idiosyncratic Scottish sport. Rab and Danny, rivals for over 25 years with huge pride at stake, battle it out on the wing to become the reigning Doo Fleein champion. UK I 2012 I 15 mins I Director: Paul Fegan

CUTTING LOOSE

“I’m trusted with a pair of scissors and I’m in here for murder”. A fascinating snapshot of prison life in the build up to the annual Scottish Prison Service hairdressing competition. Winning the coveted prize is the ultimate goal, but Francis, the current champion has other aspirations on his mind. UK I 2012 I 30 mins I Directors: Adrian McDowall, Finlay Pretsell

IN SEARCH OF THE WALLABY

In 2004 a wallaby was found dead on the Scottish Isle of Islay; how it got there and how it died remains a mystery. A crack documentary team went with one single goal: to unearth the truth, only to discover there’s more to island life than they first expected. UK I 2012 I 12 mins I Director: Alasdair Bayne, Andrew O’Connor

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audience award Everyone who attends a festival screening this year will be eligible to vote for their favourite new film.

Red Dog, last year’s winner of the Audience Award

How to vote To vote you will be given a slip of paper before each screening, you just need to give the film you’ve seen a rating (by marking, or tearing the slip) and then hand it back to a member of Eden Court’s staff to ensure that your vote will count. 2009 WINNER: DEPARTURES 2010 WINNER: THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST 2011 WINNER: RED DOG

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tickets + info

Our Box Office is in in the foyer and is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 and on Sundays from 11.00. The Box Office closes 15 minutes after the last ticketed event begins.

BOOK ONLINE www.invernessfilmfestival.com ON THE PHONE 01463 234 234 OR IN PERSON AT EDEN COURT. TICKET PRICES Adults (18+) Mon – Thu £7.00 / Fri & Sat £7.50 Reduced Rates Mon – Thu £6.50 / Fri & Sat £7.00 Under 18s & Students £5.00 at all times All tickets for pre-5pm screenings £6.00 Eden Court Friends £1.00 off all prices RESERVATIONS Tickets may be reserved in person or by phone up to one week in advance for any performance at Eden Court. We will hold reserved tickets for three working days. Please note that all reservations which are not paid for in full within three working days will be released for sale. REDUCED RATES Reduced price seats are available for most performances. Only one reduction applies per ticket. Reductions generally apply to under 26s and all full-time students, people over 60, people claiming unemployment benefit, people with disabilities, people on income support and parties of 10 or more. We may ask to see proof of reduced rate status. People with disabilities may bring an escort at a reduced rate price if assistance is needed. Eden Court is a member of Highland Council’s Plus One scheme. For further details please contact Highland Council. POSTAGE CHARGES We can post your tickets to you for just £1.00 per transaction. You can of course collect your tickets in person at any time, either from Box Office or from our Sales Desk. BOOKING FEES From 01 May 2012 the following Booking Fees will apply per ticket to phone reservations and all online and phone sales: 50p for tickets up to £9.99 £1.00 for tickets £10.00-£19.99 £2.00 for tickets £20.00 and over Classes and other education activities will not attract a fee. GIFT VOUCHERS Gift Vouchers make an ideal present and are available from the Box Office in any denomination. Please note that we do not accept Theatre Tokens.

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Eden Court Highlands (trading as Eden Court) is a company registered in Scotland (company number SC63216) and a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (registered number SCO08237)


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Inverness Film Festival 2012