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Directed by | Peter Wollen

Genre fiction  |  Length: 78mins  |  Year of production: 1987

1970: A war correspondent played by Bill Paterson is covering the Palestinian revolution from Amman as the civil war and events of �Black September� begin to erupt around him. Amidst the chaos, he encounters an extraterrestrial, superbly rendered by Tilda Swinton in one of her first lead roles. Almost entirely structured around dialogue between Swinton and Paterson, the script unfolds as a series of questions about what it means to be human, and what it means to have one�s humanity withheld. Wollen, who co wrote Antonioni�s The Passenger (1975) manages to bring science fiction to bear on political history masterfully in a film which shifts constantly from the bizarre to the profound and enjoys formidable performances by two of Britain�s finest actors.