times you’d think there was more animation than live action on screen. and maybe it‘s this toning down of the human element that has left the film lacking soul. I-'iIiiilioiise. Edinburgh.

Stella Screen In Production L'nder this new initiative. Stella brings a number of filmmakers - including Justin Kerrigan. director of [Ill/71(1)! Traffic and LesIee L'dwin. producer of [fast Is‘ [fast v to (ilasgow. The aim of the initiative is to make professional advice available to would-be filmmakers. See Rough (‘uts. (il'T. (ilasgow.

Stuart Little (L') ... (Rob Minkoff. LS. 2000) Michael J. Fox. (ieena Davis. Hugh Laurie. 92 min. Live action with a computer generated talking mouse voiced by Michael J. Fox. Minkoff's adaptation of EB. White’s classic childrens' book sees the sweet wee rodent orphan being adopted by affluent Manhattanites the Little family. Stuart‘s problems begin with a new nemesis. the mean-spirited. inappropriately-named family cat Snowbell. The message of the film is clear —- little guy discovers the meaning of family. loyalty and friendship but of more interest to viewers both small and large will be the 'Iimi Arid Jerry-style antics. Ster (‘entury Cinema. Iidinburgh. The Sword In The Stone ([7 ) (Wolfgang Reitherman. I'S. WM) Voices of Isa Quensel. Sebastian ('abot. Alan Napier. 7‘) min. Disney classic in which young lad Arthur aspires to be a knight's squire. ()n a hunting trip he meets tip with Merlin. a powerful btit amnesiae wi/ard. who has plans for Arthur beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education. believing that once you have that. you can go anywhere. Needless to say. it doesn't quite work otit that way. (il’l'. (ilasgow. The Talented Mr Ripley ( 15)

0... (Anthony Minghella. l'S/l.'K. 2000) Matt Damon. Jude Law. (iwyneth Paltrow. I39 min. Tom Ripley (Damon) befriends then adopts the life of rich kid Dickie (ireenleaftlaw). Ripley being an infamous literary murderer. it‘s no surprise how he goes about claiming Dickie's ex pat lifestyle in late 50s Italy. but Minghella’s film and llighsmilh‘s novel is so much more than a tale of murder; it‘s also about ltist. love and the interchangeability of identities. ('lassy all the way. (‘ineworld. Iialkirk.

Tea With Mussolini (PG) .00 (Franco Zefftrelli. Italy/L'K. l‘)‘)()) (‘her. Joan l’lowright. Maggie Smith. I 17 min. Zeflirelli's film is partly atitobiographical. partly fictitious. and concerns the effect on his own upbringing and education by a group of linglish ladies living in Florence at the time of II Duce‘s rise to power. This particular brew by '/.effirelli and John Mortimer has a melange of flavours and is deftly poured in the most idyllic of settings. yet it seems oddly lacking in zest. ()deon. Iidinbiirgh.

Top Gun (PG) 000 (Tony Scotl. l'S. 1986) Tom ('ruise. Kelly Mc(iillis. Val Kilmer. I I0 min. Say what you like about him. Scott undoubtedly has the golden touch an the box office. This emotionless formula adventure about men being grandly upstaged by very fast. very expensive and very dangerous aircraft. with the splendid Ms Mc(iillis thrown for love interest. made a fortune. especially in the [S It had to be those planes. or maybe the rampant ‘America the strong' ethos of the film. because it doesn't have much more to offer. I7(i(' (‘inemas. lidinburgh.

24 Hour Party People ( (8) 00000 (Michael Winterbottom. I'K. 2002) Steve (‘oogan. Paddy ('onsidine. Shirley llenderson. I I0 min. The whole crazy tale of Factory records. the Hacienda and all things Madchester is retold by writer lirank ('ottrell Boyce who has done something quite extraordinary turned Tony Wilson's dysfunctional adventure from l‘)7(i to now into a post-modern romp that never takes itself too seriously. Boyce's regular collaborator. Winterbottom. directs like a man possessed by the conjoined spirits of Jean-Luc Godard and Lindsay Anderson. and is more than tip to the task using a variety of scratchy. quirky. punky devices to

tell tales from a cantankerous city. Double top. Selected release.

Unfair Competition (Concorrenza sleale) ( l5) (littore Scola. Italy. 2001) Diego Abatantuono. Sergio ('astellitto. (ierard Depardieu. I I0 min. Drama showing the lives of a Jewish family living under the fascist racial laws of Italy 1038. Two shopkeepers. however l'mberto. a (‘atholic. and Sergio, a Jew manage to stay friends despite the new laws. Part of the Italian Film l‘estival. l’ilnihouse. lidinburgli. O Waking Life l l5) ooooo (Richard Linklater. LS. 2002) Wiley Wigiiis. lithan llawke. Julie Delpy. I00 mins. This animal— ed picture looks stunning. I.inklater has used a ‘rotoscoping' technique which involves filming actors and then tracing over the images to make the movie look like a cinematic graphic novel. The animation is pivotal to the question posed by the central character. Mitch Kramer: what exactly is life‘.’ Kramer cannot wake front a recurring dream in which he meets characters ranging from philosophy professors to taxi drivers who tell him exactly what life is about. Wonderfully innovative. See review. Selected release.

The War Bride ( 15) (Lyndon ('hubbuck. ('anada/I'K. 200l ) Anna I‘riel. Brenda l-‘ricker. Molly Parker. I03 min. 'l'oucliing. beautifully shot drama. In the early days of WWII. an linglish girl (I-‘riell marries a ('anadian soldier. enticed by tales of his homeland. Btil arriving in ('anada to wait out the war with her new family. she finds a run-down ranch. grieving mother-in-law and a crippled sister-in-law, w ho feed off each others‘ bitterness and depression. How this mismatched trio manage to come together as a family. forms the basis of the film. liilmhouse. lidinburgh.

Warm Water Under A Red Bridge (15) O... (Shohci lmamura. Japan. 2002) Misa Shimi/u. Koji Yaktisho. I 1‘) min. There Iias often been a sense of absurdity in Japanese filmmaker Shohci Imamura's work. but the conceit at the heart of his new film gives the whole work a wariii artiliciality. Shimi/u plays a thirty— something woman whose excessive water content demands release either through shop-lifting or sex. After observing Sliimi/u in the act of the former. unemployed stiit Yakusho gets to help Shimi/u reduce her water content by helping out in the latter department. lmamura. though. isn't so much making some obscure sexual point about a woman's needs. btit in the broader cosmic affiliations with water he plays up its elemental power to renew life. I'(i(‘ Renfrew Street. (ilasgovs.

Q The Warrior ( l2) 0... (Asit' Kapadia. l'K/lndia. 2002) lrfan Khan. 86 min. While leading an attack on a Northern India village. Lafcadia (Khan). the loyal lieutenant of a brutal feudal lord. pauses. sickened by the blood that stains him and renounces violence. Btit the lord visits a ter- rible revenge on his family. Rather than rebuckling his sword and further tainting his already compromised moral standing. Lafcadia flees into the mountains. The Il'urriur‘s simplicity makes it seem like an archetypal yarn. but it has a personality that belies its lack of dialogue. And. in an age of tongue-in-cheek jaunts. it‘s refreshingly uncompromising in its seriousness and beatity. See preview and review. (iI’I'. (ilasgow: l-‘ilmhouse. lidinburgh. Waydowntown ( IX) (( iary Burns. (’anada. 2000) 83 min. In this black comedy. four young office workers make a bet: to see who can last the longest without going outside. in the maze of office blocks. shopping malls. food courts and walkways (hat make up downtown (‘algaryz Makes a serious point about the dehumanising urban environments in which we choose to spend our days. l-‘unny. neurotic and surreal. (ll-T. (ilasgow; I’illtlltotisc. lidinburgh.

The Wrestlers (tbc) (Buddliadeb Dasgupta. India. 2000) ()7 min. New Indian drama being previewed as part of the seven month long Imaginex‘ssia season about two sporting pals in rural Bengal whose friendship is put to the test through a variety of domestic and social pressures. I-‘ilmhouse. lidinburgh.

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