Crush In the wake of fellow Antipodean Jane Campion. New Zealand filmmaker Alison Maclean has also succeeded in following acclaimed shorts with an intriguing debut feature. A moody exploration of the cumulatively destructive effect a terrible car crash comes to exert on a complex web of relationships, American actress Marcia Gay Harden. familiar from the Coens’ Miller’s Crossing, gives a powerful performance as a journalist invading the life of a famous writer and trying to cope with the fact that her best friend lies crippled in hospital. Shot with enviable assurance. it‘s an uncomfortable journey into dark psychological territory. (TJ)

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I Young Film Makers 9109 mins. 11.45am. Student films from three London film schools.

I Post Olttce McLaren Award 4 60 mins. 12.45pm. A programme of new British animated films.

I Emma and Elvis (Julia Reichert. US. 1992) 105 mins. 2pm. A 60s generation documentarist joins forces with a young cable access video maker.

I Casualties (Diane Tammes. UK. 1991 ) and Kamlabal (Reena Mohan. India. 1991) 100 mins. 2. 15pm. The former isa BAFTA-winning look at life in a London hospital; the latter is a portrait of the first woman ever to appear on the Indian stage and screen.

I James Lee Masterclass 60 mins. 4.30pm. The former head of Goldcrest explains the ins and outs of film finance.

I Leon The Pig Farmer (Vadim Jean/Gary Sinyor. UK. 1992) 98 mins. 6pm. Nice Jewish boy Leon discovers that. due to a mix up during an artificial insemination experiment. he is not who he thinks he is. I Young Film Makers 10 96 mins.6.15pm. Four student films from New York University.

I Crush (Alison Maclean. New Zealand. 1991)97 mins. 8. 15pm. An awkward adolescent. a femme fatale. a wheelchair-bound journalist and a has-been author come together in this contemporary fable.

I lledd Wyn (Paul Turner. Wales. 1992) 123 mins. 8.15pm. A young poet‘s dreams of winning the 1917 Eisteddfod are shattered by the Great War.

I Mac (John Turturro.US. 1992) 117 mins. 10.30pm. Acclaimed actor Turturro (Barron Fink, Jungle Fever) makes his directorial debut with this celebration of America‘s working-class craftsmen.


I Young Film Makers 11 109 mins. 11.45am. The End and The Bottle Imp from Edinburgh College of Art. plus five others from the Royal College ofArt.

I Duncan Heath Masterclass 60mins. 12.45pm. One ofthe country‘s top agents discusses the representation of actors within the film industry.

I Colin Young Tribute 2pm. An afternoon ofscrcenings. discussion and a lecture (given by David Puttnam) in celebration of Colin Young. who retires as head ofthe




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I Cold Heaven (Nicholas Roeg. UK'US. 1991) 105 mins. 6pm. After the accidental death of her husband. a woman believes life will be easier. . . until he comes back from the dead.

I Young Film Makers 12 101 mins. 6. 15pm. Student films from Germany.

I Wutherlng Heights (Peter Kosminsky. UK. 1992)8.15pm. The world premiere of the Emily Bronte classic. starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.

I Blue Black Permanent (Margaret Tait. Scotland. 1992) 86mins. 8.15pm, A woman comes to terms with her mother‘s death by delving into her own past and beyond.

I The Waterdance (Neal Jiminez'Michael Steinbcrg. US. 1991) 10.3llpm. At a physical rehabilitation centre. a group of wheelchair-bound young men come to terms with their disability. often angrily. frequently with a hard-edged humour.


I Anne Coates Masterclass so mins. 12.45pm. The editor of The Elephant Man and Lawrence ofA rabia (for which she won an Oscar) discusses her craft.

I Subterranean Secrets (Clas Lindberg. Sweden. l991)81 mins. 2pm. A stay ina hospital promises to be dull for Nisse until he meets a rebellious older 1111}.

I Music torthe Movies (Joshua Walelzky. US. 1992) and The Music Tells You (DA. Pennebaker/Chris l legetlus. US. 1992) 121 mins. 2.15pm. Twodocumentaries. two musical geniuses. The former is a portrait of film composer Bernard Herrmann. the latter a free~form filmon jazz musician Branford Marsalis.

I Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray. India. 1955) 123 mins. 4pm. The first of the Apu trilogy tells ofa famin struggling to make ends meet in a small Bengali village.

I Chain of Desire (Temistocles Lopez. US. 1992) 105 mins. (1pm. [.11 Ronde is updated to contemporary Manhattan. A cult cast includes Grace Zabrieski. Malcolm McDowell and Elias Koteas.

IAparajito (Satyajit Ray. India. 195(1) 108 mins. (1.30pm. The Apu trilogy continues with Apu now at school.

I Glengarry Glen HOSS(Jamcs1-'oley.L'S. 1992) l()()mins. 7.30pm. Al l’acinoand Jack Lemmon are tvm real estate agents battling for survival in this adaptation of David Mamet‘s play. This closing gala screening will be held in the ()deon . Clerk Street. and will begin with the ElH-' Awards Ceremony.

I The World 01Apu(Salyajit Ravlndia. 1959) The trilogy concludes with Apu dropping out of college and into an arranged marriage.

I Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley. [‘5. 1992) 100mins. 10.30pm. See above.

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