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Burn: 10th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

This year's festival begins touring and hits Manchester this week with the irreverent documentary Man of the Year, the haunting romance Parallel Sons and the historical lesbian romance The Midwife's Tale.

From 3 to 9 May, Manchester Cornerhouse (0161-228 2463)

Hitchcock Season

Each day for the next two weeks, a different Hitchcock classic is screened on the same bill as Rebecca. The coming week's treasures include The Lady Vanishes (Fri), Spellbound (Sun), The 39 Steps (Mon) and Suspicion (Wed).

From Fri, Everyman, London NW3 (0171-435 1525)

Safe

Todd Haynes's aloof but alluring study of modern-day madness is the most astounding American film of the year so far.

On release

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