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Cloud Nine for Flick Fans

Movie buffs and Anglophiles alike will delight in the city's next film festival: The Festival of New British Film. Running Wednesday to June 29, the festival, sponsored by the British Council and the Russian Filmmakers' Union, features screenings of 10 new British films including the award-winning "East is East" and actor Tim Roth's directorial debut "The War Zone." All films will be shown in English.


Little Voice

Mark Herman's independent film based on Jim Cartright's play "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" has enjoyed a surprising commercial success: It was the third most successful film at the British box office in 1999, its earnings surpassed only by "Notting Hill" and "Shakespeare in Love."

The War Zone

For 15-year-old Tom, the war zone lies right at the heart of his seemingly happy family. But when the family moves from London to Devon, he finds his new life lonely and boring until he discovers the terrible secret that binds his father and his 17-year-old sister Jessie. Isolated, confused and consumed by adolescent anger, Tom is determined to expose the secret. Actor and first-time director Tim Roth's "The War Zone" is a bleak study of family life that has been compared to the family dramas of Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams.

A Room for Romeo Brass

Set in Nottingham, director Shane Meadows' second film is a coming-of-age story about two 12-year-old boys f the portly, black Romeo (on cover) and his skinny white friend Gavin f who undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when a dangerous stranger comes between them.

Beautiful People

Nominated for best film at the 1999 Cannes "Un Certain Regard" festival program, Jasmin Dizdar's first feature film focuses on a group of Londoners and refugees from war-torn Bosnia whose fates intersect in a variety of unanticipated ways. Opening with an unforgettable scene in which two Bosnians-in-exile meet on a London bus and try to kill each other, Dizdar f who is Bosnian-born, and now London-based f depicts absurdity aplenty in this study of his native land at war, as well as of an unusual cross-section of British society.

East Is East

Winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Best Film of 1999 prize, this comedy-drama is the story of Pakistani immigrant George Khan and the problems that ensue when he abruptly reverts to tradition and begins arranging the marriages of his eldest sons. See review, page XII.

With or Without You

Anchored by its three heroes and by its Belfast setting, "With or Without You" follows the ups-and-downs of the marriage of Vincent and Rosie when a former pen-pal, Benoit, unexpectedly turns up in their life from France. Director Micheal Winterbottom grapples with issues of marriage, procreation and infedility in his depiction of the love triangle that ensues.

Janice Beard 45 WPM

Heroine Janice Beard has dreams of being a newscaster on Iranian television. In addition to that, she is fascinated by traffic cones and has an agoraphobic mother. Beard moves to London as a temporary office worker f reporting home to her mother in Scotland through a series of extravagantly dishonest video missives f and becomes involved in industrial espionage, bringing a company to its knees and then saving it from destruction. This comedy from first-time feature-length director Claire Kilner poses the question: Janice Beard f genius or idiot?

Solomon and Gaenor

A take on "Romeo and Juliet" set in the Welsh valleys in 1911, writer-director Paul Morrison's historical drama achieves a fairy-tale like simplicity in its depiction of life in a mining community on the brink of strike. When travelling fabric salesman Solomon, who is attempting to conceal his Jewish identity, meets Welshwoman Gaenor, the two face difficulty in a society rife with racial tension. With dialogue that combines Yiddish, Welsh and English, "Solomon and Gaenor" was nominated for this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar.

One More Kiss

A film about dying framed as an ode to life, "One More Kiss" opens in visually ambitious widescreen style as heroine Sarah (played by the impressive Scottish newcomer Valerie Edmund) contemplates suicide from a New York skyscraper. Diagnosed at the age of 30 with a fatal illness, she is determined to live her remaining days to the fullest and chooses instead to return to her home in the Borders region in North East England, to live out the time left to her in the company of family and friends.


Filmed on location with a small crew and a handheld camera, "Wonderland" f the most recent work from Michael Winterbottom, one of Britain's most acclaimed directors of the last decade f captures the everyday experience of life in a big city. Set over one weekend in London, it's an intimate portrait of three generations of a family whose problems are at once mundane and eternal: how to find some contentment in this world. This picture of a particular slice of London life is suffused with a stoic humor and ends on a note of guarded optimism, emphasizing its characters' resilient ability to survive.

Festival co-organizer Tom Birchenough compiled these summaries.


Central House of Cinema

13 Vasilyevskaya Ulitsa. Metro Belorusskaya. Tel. 254-3696.

- Little Voice (1998): Wed. at 7 p.m.

- The War Zone (1999): followed by Beautiful People (1999): Thurs. at 7 p.m.

- A Room for Romeo Brass (1999): June 23 at 7 p.m.

- East is East (See review, page XII): June 24 at 7 p.m.

- With or Without You (1999): June 25 at 7 p.m.

- Janice Beard 45 WPM (1999), plus One More Kiss (1999): June 26 at 7 p.m.

- Solomon and Gaenor (1999): June 27 at 7 p.m.

- Wonderland (1999): June 28 at 7 p.m.

Khudozhestvenny Theater

14 Arbatskaya Ploshchad. Metro Arbatskaya. Tel. 291-9624.

- Little Voice (See previous listing): Thurs. at 9 p.m.

- The War Zone (See previous listing) June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

- Beautiful People (See previous listing): June 23 at 9 p.m.

- A Room for Romeo Brass (See previous listing): June 24 at 9 p.m.

- East is East (See previous listing): June 25 at 6:30 p.m.

- With or Without You (See previous listing): June 26 at 9 p.m.

- One More Kiss (See previous listing): June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

- Janice Beard 45 WPM (See previous listing): June 27 at 9 p.m.

- Solomon and Gaenor (See previous listing): June 28 at 9 p.m.

- Wonderland (See previous listing): June 29 at 9 p.m.

For more information or to receive a program by fax, contact the British Council at 234-0201 or visit their web site at