FESTIVAL HOT TICKETS

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The International, Fringe and Film festivals are now in full swing. Here are the shows which are selling most quickly this week: book now to make sure you see some of this year's most exciting performances.

FILM

WILDSIDE: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT

FH1 (0131 623 8030) Tues

When director Donald Cammell lost his battle to retain artistic control over his last film, he removed his name and subsequently committed suicide. This is the version he wanted.

EAST IS EAST

Various venues (0131 623 8030) Today, Tues & Fri

Damien O'Donnell's light-hearted film is based on Ayub Khan-Din's play in which a husband and wife disagree on how to raise their children.

RUN LOLA RUN

Cameo 1 (0131 228 4141) Wed & Sat

A young couple have 20 minutes to raise 20,000 German marks to appease a local crime boss. A thriller with three alternative endings.

HITCHCOCK'S THE LODGER

Lumiere (0131 623 8035) Thurs

This silent thriller is shown in collaboration with the Flux festival and the BFI as a celebration of Hitchcock's centenary year. It is accompanied by a new score performed live by the Matrix Ensemble.

DANCE

CULLBERG BALLET: GISELLE

Playhouse (0131 473 2000) 23-25 Aug

Swedish choreographer Mats Ek's radical version of Giselle plays up the clash between the individual and the mob.

THEATRE

THE JUJU GIRL

Traverse (0131 228 1404) to 4 Sept

In Aileen Ritchie's startling new play, a woman travels to Africa in her grandmother's footsteps, to shed light on the mystery of the Juju.

WEREWOLVES

Traverse (0131 228 1404) to 2 Sept

A mysterious and compelling play from Theatre Archipelago (formerly Communicado), in which things are not as they seem.

CONCERTS

ENSEMBLE MODERN ORCHESTRA

Usher Hall (0131 473 2000) Tues

John Adams conducts this orchestra which is strictly dedicated to contemporary music. The performance includes Ives's Symphony no 4 and a new work by New York composer Michael Gordon.

EISLERMATERIAL

Festival Theatre (0131 473 2000) Mon

Heiner Goebbels's tribute to Hanns Eisler his main musical influence. Performed by the Ensemble Modern.

OPERA

AN EVENING OF OPERETTE Festival Theatre (0131 473 2000) Wed

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus perform a concert of French operetta including works by Offenbach, Lecocq and Messager.

COMEDY

BOOM CHICAGO: PICK-UPS AND HICCUPS

Gilded Balloon (0131 226 2151) to 30 Aug

Jill Benjamin and Seth Meyers provide a hilarious improvised display of how men and women behave around each other.

THE LEAGUE AGAINST TEDIUM

Pleasance (0131 556 6550) to 30 Aug, except Tues

Simon Munnery's aphoristic insults and paradoxes are as sharp as a Stanley knife: these are one-liners which really do have a licence to kill.

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