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ALDEBURGH 47th Festival of Music and Arts This year's festival, running from today until 26 June, features previews of the Coen Brothers' acclaimed new comedy The Hudsucker Proxy (14 June), and Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains (23 June), plus a number of music-related film events including live performances Bernard Herrmann's music. Tickets/details from Festival Box Office, High St, IP1 (0728 453543)

BRIGHTON Saints, Sinners and Stars A six-week season dipping its toes in Italian cinema, including screenings of Bertolucci's The Spider's Stratagem (12 June), Pasolini's mischievous Pigsty (26 June) and Fellini's La Dolce Vita (17 July). Duke of York's Cinema, Preston Circus BN1 (0273 602503)

BRISTOL Of Sense and Censorship This season, in conjunction with Sight & Sound, will screen films that have proved controversial or suffered under censorship laws, including The Exorcist (10/11 Jun), Ai No Corrida (In the Realm of the Senses) (15/16 Jun) and Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (23 June). Also, a discussion on cinema censorship (22 Jun). Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Rd, BS1 (0272 253845)

CAMBRIDGE Designs of the Times The touring season celebrating British art design continues this week with David Bowie giving the sole worthwhile film performance of his career in Nicolas Roeg's baffling and bewitching The Man Who Fell to Earth (12 June). Next week: brace yourself for Ken Russell's Tommy (19 June). Arts Cinema, Market Passage, CB2 (0223 352001)

EDINBURGH Victims of Conflict Four films focusing on Northern Ireland's chequered past and present: the unmissable BBC film You, Me and Marley (14 June) which should surely have earnt a cinema release, In the Name of the Father (19/20 June), The Crying Game (27/28 June) and John Hurt in the fascinating docu-drama Who Bombed Birmingham? (2 July). Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, EH3 (031-228 2688)

GLASGOW

The Violence Debate After a screening of Michael Haneke's brilliant, jarring study of adolescent dislocation Benny's Video (15 June), GFT director Ken Ingles will lead a discussion on its representation of violence. GFT, 12 Rose St, G3 (041-332 6535)

Wild Things And it just keeps in going - the 8th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival hits Glasgow where you can whoop it up with the comedies Grief (10-14 June) and Go Fish (22 June), get moody with Ryosuke Hashiguchi's marvellous A Touch of Fever (18/19 June) or take pot luck with the mostly wonderful programmes of shorts: for the girls, Sapphic Shorts (15 June) and for the boys, Tales From the Cities 2 (20/21 June). GFT, as above

LANCASTER HIV Positive Three recent films which examine the prospect of living with Aids: Cyril Collard's moving Savage Nights (12 June), Frances Margolin's The Lie (19 June) and the star-studded history of Aids, And The Band Played On (11 July). The Dukes, Moor Lane, LA1 (0524 66645)

LONDON

Adventures of Perception Beginning a season of work by the highly influential experimental film-maker Stan Brakhage. Tonight: 'Birth', a programme of shorts including Window Water Baby Moving, Scenes from Under Childhood and The Riddle of Lumen. Film-Makers Co-op, 42 Gloucester Ave, NW1

(071-586 8516)

D-Day Season Running until the end of June, this selection of films focusing on the events surrounding D-Day includes such highlights as Battle of the Bulge (12 June), Samuel Fuller's much-underrated The Big Red One (16 Jun) and Henry King's celebrated Twelve o'Clock High (26 June). NFT, South Bank, SE1 (071-928 3232)

Hong Kong Action Continuing the season: Saviour of the Soul (tonight), a supernatural sword and sorcery thriller, Magic Cop (11 June) wherein ancient ghosts cause havoc by mingling with latter-day drug dealers, and Samo Hung's frenetic comedy Pedicab Driver (12 June). NFT, as above

Walking Shadows Twelve versions of Hamlet, the world's second most filmed story (Cinderella is the first), are featured in this season which runs to the end of June. This week: Nicol Williamson is the Dane opposite Marianne Faithful's Ophelia and Anthony Hopkins' Claudius in Tony Richardson's 1969 version (15 June). Coming soon: Claude Chabrol's 1962 Ophelia (19 June), Aki Kaurismaki's Hamlet Goes Business (26 Jun), set in the Swedish rubber duck industry, and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (28 Jun). NFT, as above

Women Making Movies This one-day event, presented by Sight and Sound, features a preview of Beeban Kidron's new film Great Moments in Aviation, written by Jeanette Winterson. Winterson will be present to discuss the film, as will its producer Phillippa Giles, and other prominent figures in British film-making including Rona Munro, writer of Ken Loach's forthcoming Ladybird, Ladybird, and Ngozi Onwurah, director of Welcome to the Terradome. 11 June, NFT, as above

MANCHESTER Sonatine Sunday's screening of Takeshi Kitano's idiosyncratic thriller will be introduced by Media Studies lecturer Andrew Willis. The film forms part of a Kitano season, also featuring Boiling Point (25 June) and Violent Cop (29/30 June). Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford St, M1 (061-228 2463)

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Northern Exposure No, not the TV show but a season of films shown in conjunction with North East Music Week, including such kitsch classics as Summer Holiday (12 June), Lasse (Gilbert Grape) Hallstrom's Abba the Movie (16 June) and the unmissable funky Seventies double- bill of Saturday Night Fever and Carwash (19 June). Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, NE1 (091-232 8289)

NOTTINGHAM Shots in the Dark This year's International Crime and Mystery Festival runs until 19 June and sports such previews as the British ram-raiding thriller Shopping (19 June), Alex Cox's Highway Patrolman (19 June), the Tarantino-produced Killing Zoe (11 June) and the bizarre coupling of Michael Madsen and British boxer Gary Stretch in Final Combination (18 June). Also worth checking out: the quirky Twenty Bucks, starring Christopher Lloyd and Steve Buscemi, the British premiere of the high-tech horror thriller Brainscan (tonight) and the chilling Lynchian drama Public Access (13 June) which shared the Best Film award at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Mini-seasons within the festival include 'Slammer Chicks', a collection of women-in- prison movies (don't miss Jonathan Demme's Caged Heat and the po-faced Scrubbers), 'Blaxploitation' featuring old stalwarts of the genre Superfly and Cleopatra Jones, plus 'Love on the Run' which takes in cinema's hot-headed, gun-toting lovers from Godard's Pierrot Le Fou via Terence Malick's Badlands and Robert Altman's engaging Thieves Like Us, on to new genre takes like The Living End. Details/tickets from Broadway Media Centre, 14 Broad St, NG1 (0602 526600/526611).

SOUTHAMPTON Film Festival Mostly comprised of retrospectives, the festival (running until 23 June) is also studded with film-related workshops, and some hot previews: Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains (tonight), the new British thriller Welcome to the Terradome (22 June) and Pedro Almodovar's Kika (22 June), with costumes by Gaultier. On 18 June, Ken Russell will visit the festival to present a screening of his 1958 short film Amelia and the Angel. Russell will be on hand to talk about his career and introduce shorts by young film-makers within the region. 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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