Movie buffs are stocking up on the popcorn ahead of the Inverness Film Festival starting next week.
The return of the event, albeit in a curtailed form, is further good news for host venue Eden Court Theatre in Inverness which re-opened its cinemas and café-bar on Thursday for the first time in seven months.
The festival, which will run from November 6-12, will showcase 15 new features from more than 10 countries, including Scottish premieres.
Festival director Paul MacDonald-Taylor, head of film and visual art at Eden Court, said: “Whilst many of the things we all enjoy doing have been put on pause this year, we are delighted to press play on the 18th Inverness Film Festival.
“It’s more compact than in previous years, but what we’ve lost in quantity we have more than made up for with the quality of these films. If you haven’t been to the cinema since March and are feeling uneasy about coming back, rest assured we have done everything in our power to make Eden Court a safe space to come and watch a film in a friendly, relaxing environment.”
Michael Caton-Jones’s ‘Our Ladies’, about a wild trip to 1990’s Edinburgh in the company of a raucous choir of Catholic schoolgirls from the Highlands, opens the festival.
Films starring Oscar-winning talent feature prominently, including Tilda Swinton in ‘The Human Voice’, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci in ‘Supernova’, and Frances McDormand in ‘Nomadland’.