FILM / Best of the Reps

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CAMBRIDGE Wings of Desire A series of lectures on European cinema and sexuality features Ginette Vincendeau on 'Remaking French Femininity' (3 Mar), for which the Cambridge Arts Cinema is showing Besson's Nikita (28 Feb) and its American remake The Assassin (2 Mar). Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Av, CB2 (0223-352001).

DERBY Hong Kong action cinema A John Woo season continues with The Killer (2 / 3 Mar) and his disappointing US debut Hard Target (23 / 24 Mar). Selected screenings will be introduced by Robert Nisbet MA, and a screening of Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai (16 / 17 Mar) complements the season. Metro, University of Derby, Green Lane (0332-340170)

DUBLIN Film Festival The festival continues with Almodovar's Kika (24 Feb), Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (26 Feb), Adlon's Younger and Younger (26 Feb), Kieslowski's Three Colours White (1 Mar) and Juzo Itami's study of organised crime Minbo - or The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (2 Mar). Within the festival is a Jeremy Irons retrospective featuring the David Cronenberg-helmed M Butterfly (27 / 28 Feb). There is also a Surprise Film presentation (3 Mar), a showcase of Latin American cinema, and a preview of Romeo Is Bleeding (2 Mar), starring Gary Oldman and Juliette Lewis, before the festival ends on 3 Mar. Various venues (Festival Info Hotline Freephone-1 800 679 679; Enq 677 8555).


Animation Plus A major exhibition by more than 70 contemporary animators from around the world, encompassing early pioneers such as Norman McLaren and Leni Riefenstahl and recent work from Aardman Animations. Brothers. Until 19 March. Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, 22 Richmond Street (041-552 4400).

Gurinder Chadha The director of the comedy about Asian women, Bhaji on the Beach, makes a personal appearance following a showing of her film. 28 Feb, Film Theatre, 10 Rose St, G3 (041-332 6535)

Damn fine turkey A screening of David Lynch's 1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me precedes a seminar led by critic Rick Instrell in which he asks if the movie is a neglected masterpiece or the worst film ever made. 26 Feb, Film Theatre, as above


Derek Jarman double The renowned director, who died from Aids last weekend, is featured in Ken McMullen's poignant new documentary There You Are John which follows Jarman during the last stretch of his illness, with an interview about his life and controversial career. Screened in a double-bill with Jarman's penultimate cinematic work, Blue. 28 Feb, National Film Theatre, South Bank, SE1 (928 3232)

The New Canadians An exciting month-long season promoting modern Canadian cinema features some unmissable treats of recent years, including the quirky Leolo (3 Mar), Jean Baudin's Being at Home with Claude (17 Mar) and, from the brilliant Atom Egoyan, Family Viewing (14 Mar) and The Adjuster (17 Mar). NFT, as above

Denys Arcand season Running concurrently with the New Canadians season is this selection from the leading Canadian director Denys Arcand, boasting The Decline of the American Empire (3 Mar), Jesus of Montreal (9 Mar) and a special preview of his new film Love and Human Remains (7 Mar) which is accompanied by an interview with Arcand. NFT, as above.

MANCHESTER Carlos Saura The director in conversation, plus a screening of his film Los Golfos. 3 Mar, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford St, M1 (061-228 2463)