INVERNESS Film Festival director Paul MacDonald-Taylor’s eye for award-winning movies has been confirmed by bookmakers William Hill, who have listed four of Paul’s choices for the 14th IFF at Eden Court as frontrunners for the 2017 Best Picture Oscar.
They include festival closing film Manchester By The Sea (Sunday November 13, 8.15pm), starring Casey Affleck as a Boston janitor who returns to his hometown to care for his orphaned nephew, which William Hill has an 8/1 bet to claim the Best Picture Academy Award.
At 10/1 is Nocturnal Animals (Thursday November 10, 6pm), fashion designer turned director Tom Ford’s psychological thriller about a gallery owner (Amy Adams) who is unsettled by the contents of a violent novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Adams also features in 20/1 bet Arrival (Thursday November 10, 8.30pm), where she plays a linguist who has to find a way of communicating with extraterrestrial visitors.
Finally on William Hill’s shortlist is true life tale Snowden (Friday November 11, 8.30pm), a late addition to the programme which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the intelligence insider who leaked the truth about America’s illegal surveillance practices,
The William Hill favourite to win the Academy Award, at 5/6, is musical comedy drama La La Land starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and John Legend.
The 89th Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday January 5 2017.
14th Inverness Film Festival Full listings
A United Kingdom (12A) – Seretse (David Oyelowo), a trainee barrister in London, falls in love with office worker Ruth (Rosamund Pike), but Seretse belongs to the royal family of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) and the couple’s relationship is deemed a threat to the waning British Empire. Wednesday 7pm.
Caprice (15) – Clément thinks he is happy with girlfriend Alicia, a famous actress whom he admires totally, but everything becomes complicated when he meets Caprice, an excessive and exuberant young woman who falls in love with him. In French with subtitles. Wednesday 7.15pm.Kill Me Please (15) – As a wave of murders plague Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, 15-year old Bia has a close encounter with death and determines to do anything to make sure she stays alive. In Portuguese with subtitles. Wednesday 9pm.
Le Nouveau (suitable for P6 to S4) – 14-year-old Benoît moves to Paris and a new school where he is rejected by his cooler classmates and is sidelined along with the freaks and geeks. Schools screening. In French with subtitles. Thursday 10am.
Short Docs 1 (15+) – Selection of short factual films ranging from the Kingdom Moray to the Jungle refugee camp at Calais. Thursday 11am.
Paths of The Soul (12+) – In a small Tibetan village, Nyima decides to go on a one year and 2000km pilgrimage to Lhasa and the sacred Kang’s Mountain to fulfil his uncle’s wish. In Tibetan with subtitles. Thursday 2pm.
Francofonia (12+) – Mixing re-enactment and archive footage, director Alexander Sokurov (Faust, Alexandra, Russian Ark) uses the relationship between Jacques Jaujard, Director of the French National Museums, and Count Wolff Metternich, who is sent from Germany to oversee France’s art collection, to examine how French society and the occupying Nazi forces viewed culture. In Russian, French, German and English with subtitles. Thursday 2.15pm.
Nocturnal Animals (15) – Successful art-gallery owner Susan (Amy Adams) is forced to confront the demons of her past after she is sent the manuscript of a violent thriller written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Fashion designer turned film director Tom Ford’s second feature. Thursday 6pm.
Wolf and Sheep (15+) – In central Afghanistan, where boys and girls are forbidden from mixing and young shepherds roam the hills to protect their flocks from predators, two young outsiders form a forbidden friendship. Subtitled. Thursday 6.15pm.
Cashback For Creativity (8+) – Films created through Eden Court CREATIVE’s Cashback for Creativity projects over the past year, made by and starring young people from the Highlands and Moray and including music videos, thrillers, comedies and the absurd. Thursday 6.30pm.
United States of Love (18) – 1990, and as post-Communist Poland undergoes massive political changes, four women decide it is time to change their own lives. Thursday 8.30pm.
Chi-Raq (15) – As a last stand against gun crime, the women of Chicago decide to withhold sex from their gangsta boyfriends until the violence stops. Director Spike Lee’s new film includes Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ciusack in its cast. Thursday 8.15pm.
Arrival (12A) – When alien craft land on earth, linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is recruited by the militry to find a way of communicating with the visitors. The fate of the world now rests on her success or failure. Thursday 8.30pm.
Shorts For Wee Ones (3+) – Short films for the very young. Friday 10.30am.
Short Docs 2 (12+) – Short films, including one on Eden Court’s next door neighbours, the Inverness Cathedral bellringers. Friday 11am.
A Journey Through French Cinema (15+) – Director Bertrand Tavernier takes a personal look at the history of French cinema. In French with subtitles. Friday 2pm.
The Black Hen (12+) – Two young friends from different social classes journey through strife-torn Nepal. Subtitled. Friday 5pm.
Remembering The Highlands and Islands Film Guild (U) – Recreating one of the nights that brought cinema to the rural Highlands with short films and a screening of 1948 feature Scott of The Antarctic. Friday 2pm.
Last Cab To Darwin (15+) – A dying taxi driver (Michael Caton) rediscovers the joy of life in this Australian drama. Friday 6pm.
16 Years Till Summer (12A) – Documentary following convicted murderer Uisdean Mackay as he returns to his home village of Loch carron to care for his dying father. Friday 6.30pm.
It’s Only The End of The World (15+) – A family gathering becomes fraught in this French drama. Subtitled. Friday 6.45pm.
Bleed For This (15) – After breaking his neck at the peak of his career, boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) embarks on the toughest fight of his life – becoming fit enough to return to the ring. Friday 8.15pm.
Snowden (15+) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden in this short-notice addition to the festival programme. Friday 8.30pm.
The High Sun (18+) – Three love stories set against the background of simmering ethnic tensions in the former Yugoslavia. In Croatian with subtitles. Friday 8.45pm.
Shorts For Middle Ones (8+) – Short films for children. Saturday 10.30am.
Short Cuts 1 (18+) – Selection of short dramas. Saturday 11am.
Antboy 3 (8+) – The final part of the Danish trilogy about a young would be superhero. Subtitled. Saturday 11.45am.
Thirst (15+) – Poor hotel workers in Bulgaria are promised an improvement to their lives by the arrival of a well digger. Subtitled. Saturday 1pm.
Kedi (8+) – Documentary following the lives of the free-roaming cats of Istanbul. In Turkish with subtitles. Saturday 1.30pm.
Have You Seen My Movie? (15+) – Clips from hundreds of other films are spliced together to a create a history of going to the movies. Saturday 1.45pm.
Zud (15+) – A Mongolian family’s hopes for prosperity rest on their son’s success in a prestigious horse race. Subtitled, Saturday 3.15pm.
After The Storm (12+) – A failed father and husband has a chance to reconnect with his family when they are forced to take shelter together from a violent typhoon. In Japanese with subtitles. Saturday 5pm.
Barakah Meets Barakah (15+) – The first rom-com from Saudi Arabia. In Arabic with subtitles. Saturday 5.15pm.
Indignation (15) – Based on the novel by Philip Roth, Logan Lerman plays a Jewish outsider at a 1950s US college. Saturday 6pm.
The Eagle Huntress (8+) – Documentary about one girl’s efforts to join the ranks of Mongolia’s hunters who train eagles to seek out prey. Subtitled. Saturday 7pm.
The Unknown Girl (15+) – After an unnamed girl is found dead close to her home, young doctor Jenny (Adele Haenel) is haunted by the thought she could have saved her. In French with subtitles. Saturday 7.15pm.
Paterson (15+) – Director Jim Jarmusch’s latest feature stars Adam Driver as a bus driver poet. Saturday 8.15pm.
Neon Bull (18+) – A Brazilian cowboy dreams of a different life designing dance costumes. In Portuguese with subtitles. Saturday 8.45pm
Raw (18+) – A vegan student develops an insatiable taste for meat in this gory shocker. In French with subtitles. Saturday 9.30pm.
Hordur (12+) – Sentenced to community service at a riding school, a teenage Muslim girl at last finds a place where she is accepted. In German with subtitles. Sunday 10.45am.
Napoleon (PG) – Abel Gance’s silent epic about the rise of the Emperor. Sunday 11am.
Short Cuts 2 (15+) – More short dramas. 11.15am.
Celestial Camel (10+) – Determined to bring good luck to his family and make them proud, a twelve-year-old sheep herder sets out on a quest to rescue a very special camel calf. In Mongolian with subtitles. Sunday 1pm.
Real Illuminators: Scotland’s Pioneers of Documentary Filmmaking (8+) – Enjoy a glimpse into the world of early 20th century filmmaking. Sunday 2pm.
The Salesman (15+) – After his wife is attached, teacher Emad’s desperation to seek out the assailant brings its own tensions to their marriage. In Persian with subtitles. Sunday 2.45pm.
Le Ogres (15+) – The close knit lives of a group of travelling performers are strained by the return of an old flame. In French with subtitles. Sunday 5pm.
The Handmaiden (18+) – Old Boy director Park Chan-wook relocates Sarah Waters’s Victorian set novel of sex and deception, The Fingersmith, to 1930s Korea. Subtitled. Sunday 5.15pm.
Gimme Danger (15+) – Rock documentary about Iggy and The Stooges. Sunday 6pm.
Girl Asleep (12+) – When her parents throw her a surprise birthday party, awkward Adelaide teenager Greta (Bethany Whitmore) finds herself in a weirdly ludicrous parallel world. Sunday 7.45pm
Toni Erdmann (15+) – An aging prankster attempts to brighten up his unhappy daughter’s life by donning a wig and false teeth to reinvent himself as Toni Erdmann, life coach. In German with subtitles. Sunday 8pm.
Manchester By The Sea (15) – After the sudden death of his younger brother, Lee (Casey Affleck) returns to his home town to become legal guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Sunday 8.15pm.