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Life Is Beautiful

Friday, September 13, 2013  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 2013  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 15, 2013  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

Italian comedian Roberto Benigni wrote, directed and stars in this story about a simple man of Jewish heritage who falls in love with and marries a sweet upper-class schoolteacher. Five years later, in 1945, he and their child are herded off to a concentration camp. Determined to protect his son, he convinces the boy that everything around them is a zany game. In order to win, you have to obey the uniformed men pretending to be nasty; you must never ask for food or rest no matter how badly you want them; and you must keep quiet in a hiding place when others are sent to a “shower” from which they will never return. The film received the 1998 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

"Life Is Beautiful is not about Nazis and Fascists, but about the human spirit," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "It is about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams. About hope for the future. About the necessary human conviction, or delusion, that things will be better for our children than they are right now."

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.


Italy 1997
116 minutes
In Italian subtitled in English
Rated PG-13 for Holocaust-related thematic elements
Directed by Roberto Benigni


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