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REBECCA MILLER believes in small things. But with a new film, two more in the pipeline, plus a novel to finish and a baby to mother, she doesn’t think small. VVOHlS. Miles Fielder
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22 THE LIS1’.
‘You can know everything if you know
so, I gt‘cat. s\\ccping \xork that co\crs all to know beans’
‘ «ti Small scale Personal Velocity speaks volumes
minutcs. .\'ot that K}ra cricd thc \xholc timc; al‘tcr a “hilc shc stoppcd. and that‘s as intcrcsting as an_\thing. l \tantcd to \\lllL‘ll hcr comc out of it. I rcaliscd al‘tcr a uhilc thc acting hurncd aua) and thcn thcrc was just hchmiour. that l'ccling ot' hcing spcnt. .'\l‘lL‘l' l liltttll) tlitl L‘lll. l sititli "YOUNG [Ultl lllL‘ slur} til- thc \VlltilL‘ tilm." 'I'hc sadncss. thc conflict. but also thc rccttpcration. thc scnsc of hcing ()K.’
.\li|lci”s a big hclicvcr in small things. 'Who \\Ll\ it. 'l‘hcroux‘." shc asks. ‘uho said somcthing likc: "ll' _\ott knou hon to gt‘tm hcans . . Somcthing ahottt thc knowlcdgc ol' onc littlc thing is thc most important \ta) )‘ou can Icarn. hccausc ya: can thcn lcarn thc Iargcr picturc. You can knou c\'cr.\thing il‘ )ott l\lttt\\ hcans. So. I tr} to know hcans.’ Shc's laughing at this point.
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has sontcthing to do \\ ith hcr tathcr. ’I think smallf shc sa}s. ‘I don't haVc grandiosc idcas ol' \\ hat I’m going to makc. or uhat imprcssion I might makc on thc \xorld. lt' tnorc pcoplc gct to scc m_\ \\t)l‘l\' thcn I'm rcall} happ}. \l;t}hc it's hccausc that joh got takcn alrcady‘ shc sa)s. laughing: about hct‘ lathct'. "l‘hc
thc \\t)l'ltl. l'm ol‘l‘cring up thcsc littlc gills. In it \\a_\ it's lllL'L‘. it's ti good \\1l_\ ol‘ hcing. rcalh.‘
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Personal Velocity is on selected release from Fri 28 Mar. See review, page 23
Rough cuts Lights. camera. act/on
Respiro, playing at the Italian Film Festival
;VIVA! THE SPANISH FILM festival is about to finish its run at the Glasgow Film Theatre before moving on to Edinburgh's Filmhouse, where it runs 28 March-3 April. Among the festival‘s highlights of contemporary Spanish cinema are No One will Speak of us When we are Dead. starring the evergreen Victoria Abril, and Fausto 5.0, a radical interpretation of the Dr Faust myth made by the acclaimed and highly innovative Catalan performance group La Fura dels Baus.
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