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Incendies

Friday, October 5, 2012  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2012  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 7, 2012  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center


When notary Jean Lebel (Rémy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read the will left by their mother, Nawal (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes — one for the father they thought was dead, and another for a brother they didn’t know existed.

In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal’s retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing. Simon is unmoved by their mother’s posthumous mind games. However, the love he has for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is very different from the mother they knew. With Lebel’s help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.

"A mystery, a melodrama, a prison film, and a love story, Incendies is foremost a scream of rage at a society destroyed by religion and by men," wrote the Boston Globe.

An Oscar nominee and winner of eight Genie Awards including Best Picture, Incendies was named Best Canadian Film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, "for its masterful telling of a complex story which spans cultures, continents and generations."

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.

FILM INFORMATION

Canada 2010
131 minutes
Color
In French and Arabic subtitled in English
Rated R for some strong violence and language
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

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