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There have been a few last-minute additions to the London Film Festival, which starts tonight with Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days. The most controversial is Kids, the first feature by the American photographer Larry Clark. It focuses on a bunch of disaffected teenage boys whose idea of safe sex is to bed a virgin. The film has been christened a masterpiece in some quarters but Premiere's Libby Gelman-Waxner was stinging in her denouncement of the film, claiming that it heralds "a whole new fad of paedophile chic". See for yourself at 9.00pm on Saturday, at the National Film Theatre.

The other additions are: How to Make an American Quilt, the US debut from Jocelyn Moorhouse, the director of Proof. It stars Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft and Maya Angelou and gathers together the life stories of various women from the 1860s to present day. And Cry, The Beloved Country, with James Earl Jones in a drama set in 1940s South Africa, adapted from Alan Paton's novel. Also recommended: Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas, Mike Figgis's return-from-the-wilderness after Mr Jones; and a special screening of Murnau's silent classic Sunrise, with accompaniment from the Live Cinema Orchestra. We have free tickets to offer for the following screenings: 10 pairs for How to Make an American Quilt (Sat 4.15pm, Odeon West End); and five pairs each for Cry, The Beloved Country (Sun 6.15pm, Odeon West End) and Streetlife (Sat 11.00am, NFT1), Karl Francis's compassionate Screen Two film about a Welsh single mother driven to the end of her tether by a second, unplanned pregnancy.

Just bring this page to the NFT box office after 11.30am today and state which tickets you require. There are also five pairs for Sunrise (Tues 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall): same rules, but 11.30am today at the RFH box office instead.

LFF Tickets/Info: 0171-928 3232

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