FILM / Best of the Reps

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BRISTOL Of Sense and Censorship A season of films which have proved controversial or suffered directly under censorship laws, beginning with Romper Stomper (6 / 7 Jun) and continuing with Ernest Dickerson's Juice (8 / 9 Jun), The Exorcist (10 / 11 Jun) and Ai No Corrida (In the Realm of the Senses) (15 / 16 Jun). Also in the season: a panel discussion on censorship in cinema (22 Jun). See also Leicester. Watershed Media Centre,

1 Canon's Rd, BS1 (0272 253845)

EDINBURGH

Blue Velvet: Misogynistic Masterpiece? After a screening of David Lynch's best movie, Shiona Wood casts a different eye over the film, asking if Lynch only seeks to degrade women in his work. 5 Jun, Filmhouse, 88

Lothian Rd, EH3 (031-228 2688)

Environmental Film Festival This year's festival ends with screenings of William Friedkin's Wages of Fear remake The Sorcerer and Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu in A Strange Place to Meet (both tonight). Filmhouse, as above

LEICESTER

Don't Look Now: Censorship and the Cinema Panellists, including the BBFC senior examiner Richard Falcon, will be taking questions from the audience. Followed by an optional screening of Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant. 4 Jun, Phoenix Arts, as above

Fosters Australian Film Festival Kevin Lucas's Black River (5 Jun), introduced by Sue Murray of the Australian Film Commission, Ann Turner's acclaimed tale of a disabled go- between, Hammers over the Anvil (6 Jun), and David Elfick's rites-of-passage comedy Love in Limbo (7 Jun). Phoenix Arts, 11 Newarke St, LE1 (0533 554854)

LONDON

Another Country The final screening in this season exploring Nineties German cinema beyond the mainstream is Andreas Kleinert's Verlorene Landschaft (Lost Landscape) (6 Jun), a beguiling study of identity. Goethe- Institut, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Rd, SW7 (071-411 3400)

Asia Film Focus Wish (tonight), described as a Pakistani Death Wish, Marshedul Islam's fable The Wheel (5 Jun) and Anand Patwardhan's documentary In the Name of God (5 Jun) which will be followed by a discussion with Patwardhan, India's leading non-fiction film-maker. NFT, South Bank, SE1 (071-928 3232)

D-Day Season Running until the end of June, this selection of films focusing on the events surrounding D-Day includes such highlights as Don Siegel's Hell is for Heroes (8 Jun) starring Steve McQueen, and Samuel Fuller's much-underrated The Big Red One (16 Jun). But you don't get off without The Longest Day (6 Jun). NFT, as above

Hong Kong Action City on Fire (tonight), a gangster thriller starring John Woo-regular Chow Yun Fat, plus two movies directed by and starring the one-man movie industry that is Jackie Chan - Drunken Master 2 (4 Jun) and the hilarious, crazed Police Story (9 Jun). NFT, as above

The Last Command To coincide with Josef von Sternberg's centenary (currently being feted by the BBC), a rare screening of his silent film The Last Commando (1928), accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing an original score by Arnold Brostoff. The film, which stars Emil Jannings (from The Blue Angel) is based on the true story of a Russian general who flees from the Revolution and ends up working as a Hollywood extra in a film about his own life. Sunday, 5.00. Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS (638 8891)

Walking Shadows No fewer that twelve versions of Hamlet, the world's second most filmed story (Cinderella is the first), are featured in this season. This week: the Philip Saville-helmed Hamlet at Elsinore (7 Jun), with Christopher Plummer as the Dane and a supporting cast featuring Michael Caine, Robert Shaw, Stephen Berkoff and Lindsay Kemp. Coming soon, two more offbeat explorations: Aki Kaurismaki's Hamlet Goes Business (26 Jun), set in the rubber duck industry, and Tom Stoppard's film of his own play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (28 Jun). NFT, as above

MANCHESTER Wild Things The never- ending Lesbian and Gay Film Festival sets the Cornerhouse alight this week with two shorts collections - Sapphic Shorts (tonight / 6 Jun) for the girls, Tales From The Cities 2 (5 Jun) for the boys - plus the highly recommended A Touch of Fever (8 Jun). Richard Glatzer's bubbly comedy Grief (3- 5 / 7-8 Jun) will have its 4 June screening introduced by lecturer Gregory Woods, who will discuss its representation of AIDS. And Kris Clarke, director of the Sandra Bernhard dyke-umentary Confession of a Pretty Lady, will talk about her film after its screening on 6 June. Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford St, M1 (061- 228 2463)

NOTTINGHAM Shots in the Dark This year's International Crime and Mystery Festival runs from 9-19 June and sports such previews as the remake of Sam Peckinpah's The Getaway, starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, the British ram-raiding thriller Shopping, Alex Cox's Highway Patrolman, the Tarantino-produced Killing Zoe and the bizarre coupling of Michael Madsen and British boxer Gary Stretch in Final Combination, plus mini-seasons and a crime-writing convention. Details / tickets from Broadway Media Centre, 14 Broad St, NG1 (0602 526600 / 526611).

SOUTHAMPTON Film Festival Mostly comprised of retrospectives, the festival (running from 9-23 June) is also studded with film-related workshops, and some hot previews: The Getaway (9 June), Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains (10 June), the new British thriller Welcome to the Terrordome (22 June) and Pedro Almodovar's Kika (22 June), with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. The final night brings a surprise film which the organisers assure us will be very popular, so book early. Film Festival Ticket Office: 0703 632601 / various venues.

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