Highlands & Islands

Still life: The 12th Inverness Film Festival

The programme for the 12th Inverness Film Festival has been announced.

Held at the city's Eden Court, the line-up includes 34 films from 21 countries.

Five of the features are UK premieres and 17 will get their Scottish premiere during the event, which runs from the 5-9 November.

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Documentary, The Possibilities are Endless, follows Scots singer Edwyn Collins' recovery from a stroke in 2005 with the help of his wife Grace.

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Collins will perform songs after the screening of the film.

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Foreign films are a key feature of the festival.

This year's include Difret about a teenage girl in Ethiopia who is charged with murdering a 29 year old man after he abducts her.

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Winter Sleep, set in a small hotel in central Anatolia, will be given its Scottish premiere at Eden Court.

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Another feature that will be give its Scottish premiere in Inverness will be Fantail, a story about a white New Zealand woman who was raised as a Maori.

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The foreign language offerings also include Firestorm.

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Another is The Tribe.

Festival director Paul Taylor said: "The Tribe is my pick of the festival, it's a unique and original film from Ukraine without words or subtitles or translation and is the most exciting and powerful film that you will see all year.

"It's a true one of a kind, which after 120 years of cinema doesn't happen very often."

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Drama on and under water appear in a number of the films to be shown, including Kon-Tiki which is about Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 bid to cross the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft.

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Angel Azul tells of the creation of an artificial coral reef by artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

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Also on an aquatic theme is Once in Your Lifetime.

It explores the idea that all keen anglers should try fishing on Scotland's lochs and rivers.

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