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CAMBRIDGE The 18th Cambridge Film Festival This year's festival is crammed full of previews and premieres and opens on 14 July with two French smash-hits: Patrice Chereau's bloody 16th-century epic La Reine Margot and Michel Blanc's quirky comedy Grosse Fatigue. Thereafter, why not plump for the unusual, like 'First Take 1994' (17 July), a programme of 11 new shorts from young directors, the oddball Public Access (17/21 July), Rolf de Heer's brilliant shock- comedy Bad Boy Bubby (21 July), the innovative Aids sci-fi musical Zero Patience (23 July) and Ildiko Szabo's austere and compassionate Child Murders (29 July). If you're playing safe, there's Svankmajer's Faust (16/17 July), Susan Sarandon in the latest John Grisham adaptation, The Client (16 July), the Andy Garcia / Meg Ryan alcoholism drama When a Man Loves a Woman (17 July), Richard Slacker Linklater's Dazed and Confused (22/23 July), Zhang Yimou's To Live (23 July) and the star-packed Naked in New York (24 July). The festival closes with the Coen Brothers' clinical but hugely enjoyable comedy The Hudsucker Proxy (31 July), and there's an exhaustive retrospective of Krzysztof Kieslowski (17-30 July) which boasts rare early work plus the entire, awe- inspiring 10-hour Decalogue (25-30 July) and the British premiere of the much-celebrated Red (24/29 July), the final part of his Three Colours trilogy. Arts Cinema, 8 Market Passage, CB2 (0223 462666/352001)

GLASGOW

Censorship and the Cinema The ever-inflammatory issue of censorship is raised again with the rather inevitable Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (9-10 July) and Hard- Boiled with Man Bites Dog (23-24 July). Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, G3 (041-332 6535)

Spain, Sensuality and Sexuality Alongside Bigas Luna's Golden Balls (until 14 July), there's his earlier Jamon, Jamon (13 July), followed by a debate. Things are likely to get violent in the discussion arranged to complement Almodovar's Tie Me Up] Tie Me Down] (27 July). Film Theatre, as above

LONDON

Assault on the Senses The brilliant John Carpenter, creator of some of the most inventive movies of the late Seventies and early Eighties, is celebrated in this long-overdue season which culminates in an interview with the man himself (29 July). This week's treats are the Stephen King adaptation Christine (10 July), the masterful horror The Fog (11 July) and one of the great trash movies of the Eighties, Escape from New York (13 July). NFT, South Bank, SE1 (071-928 3232)

The Films of Daniel Day-Lewis A two-week retrospective of probably our finest actor. Highlights are Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (10/17 July), My Left Foot (11/18 July) and My Beautiful Launderette (13/20 July). There's also the chance to catch the unreleased Eversmile New Jersey (12/19 July) where Day-Lewis plays a travelling dentist. Barbican, Silk St EC2 (071-638 8891)

One More for the Road To coincide with the release of Faraway, So Close, the NFT is running a month-long season of films by Wim Wenders. Prime cuts include Wrong Movement (9 July), the rarely screened period drama The Scarlet Letter (13 July) and the satirical thriller The State of Things (14 July). Coming soon: The Early Short Films of Wim Wenders (24 July). NFT, as above

MANCHESTER City Symphonies This season of films exploring cinema's most resonant love affairs with the cities of the world begins a tour that will include Bristol and Edinburgh among others. Manchester's dose continues with two shorts packages (11-14 July) featuring work by Jean Vigo, D A Pennebaker and Humphrey Jennings, plus Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (15 July) and Patrick Keiller's highly acclaimed London (20- 22 July), the last screening of which will be introduced by Keiller himself. Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford St, M1 (061-228 2463)

NEWCASTLE The Look A season dedicated to cinema's most fashionable flicks. This week, a double-bill of chic: Bette Davis in Now Voyager and a besuited Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (10 July). Coming soon: Breakfast at Tiffany's with Morocco (17 July), Trop Belle Pour Toi (25 July) and the immaculately- dressed Gilda with the leather-clad The Wild One (31 July). Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, NE1 (091-232 8289)

NORWICH Fosters Australian Film Festival As well as offering shards of new Australian cinema - notably the Aboriginal ghost story Bedevil (tonight), the touching Say a Little Prayer (12 July) and Kevin Lucas's Black River (13 July) - you can also catch past gems like the quirky Death in Brunswick (tonight), the unsettling Celia (11 July) and the terrifically tacky Strictly Ballroom (12 July). Cinema City, St Andrew's St, NR2 (0603 622047)

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