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All the news that’s fit to print.

SCOTTISH FILM MAKER Lynn Ramsey's debut feature has been selected for the this year’s Cannes Film Festival, as predicted in the last issue of The List. Ramsey's

i film, Ratcatcher, is set in 19705

Glasgow, and its inclusion at the world's most prestigious cinema showcase follows two previous Riviera triumphs for the director’s shorts - Small Deaths and Gasman. This year, she will be in contention for the Camera D'Or prize for first time movie helmers. Other auteurs presenting their oeuvre include Tim Robbins with The Cradle Will Rock, Jim Jarmusch’s intriguingly titled Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai. 1990 Palme D'Or clutcher David Lynch returns with The Straight Story, and Kevin Smith follows Chasing Amy with the religious satire Dogma. Steven Soderbergh (interviewed on page 108) brings his new film The

Limey starring 60$ relicsTerence

Stamp and Peter Fonda. Bizarrely,

the already opened in British

cinemas An Ideal Husband has been given the honour of a

closing gala screening.

EDINBURGH'S INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL promises the usual eclectic array of authors from all fields of fiction and fact. Among the guests confirmed to attend are Vikram Seth, David Lodge, Iain Banks and Beryl Bainbridge. Will Self and Jay Mclnerney represent the chemical generation, while Terry Gilliam and Ken Russell can be found in the 'visually gifted but slightly

Cannes do: Lynn Ramsey's Ratcatcher

bonkers' film directors section. Gardener Monty Don, cartoonist Steve Bell and DJ Annie Nightingale add yet more variety to proceedings. A full programme, detailing all events for adults and 1 children, is available by calling 09065 500010. Calls cost £1 a minute, but that covers postage and packing. The festival runs from 14 30 August, and will be covered extensively in The List.

THE KOSOVO CRISIS is definitely bringing out the philanthropic side of Scotland’s creative types. The rock, comedy, and club F community are doing their bit at the Arches on May 10 (see Stage Whispers in the theatre section)

and a week later Classical music does its bit for the needy. The Classics For Kosovo concert will be

a spectacular fund-raiser at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with conductor Christopher Bell leading some 90 musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a 200 strong chorus in a selection of crowd pleasing perennials. Highlight of the evening looks set to be a new Scottish version of Peter & The Wolf, with text by Liz Lochhead to be narrated by a

’major star surprise guest.’ Tickets are £15, but any donations above this amount would obviously be gratefully received. All involved have donated their seryices gratis, and the event is supported by The Herald with proceeds going to the paper's Appeal For The Children

Of Kosovo. Every best wish to all concerned, see next issue for

more details.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR . . . the small matter of the election results, obviously.