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Semester Film Program
Starts with German Romantic Thriller
MAILED: Jan. 18, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — "The Princess and the Warrior" (Germany 2001), the new film from the director and star of "Run Lola Run," will open the spring semester film program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jan. 24-27.
The International Film Society will present Tom Tykwer's romantic thriller Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
The modern-day romance concerns the developing relationship between an ex-soldier turned robber (Benno Fürmann) and a nurse (Franka Potente) whose lives intersect when he saves her life. The chilly modern fairy tale re-examines the earlier film's fascination with chance, coincidence and destiny, but this time almost in slow motion.
"'The Princess and the Warrior' is one astonishment after another," wrote critic Roger Ebert. "It uses coincidence with reckless abandon to argue that deep patterns in life connect some people. It uses thriller elements - not to thrill us, but to set up moral challenges for its characters. It is about a woman convinced she has met the one great love of her life, and a man convinced he is not that person. It is about a traffic accident, a bank robbery, an insane asylum, and it does not use any of those elements as they have been used before. Above all, it loves its characters too much to entrap them in a mediocre plot."
Rated R, the 130-minute color film is in German, subtitled in English.
Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students, at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Membership in the International Film Society entitles community members to purchase tickets to IFS presentations and films sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about campus films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.
UAC films this spring include "The Big Lebowski" (Jan. 31-Feb. 3); "Six-String Samurai" (Feb. 7-10); "Bamboozled" (Feb. 14-17); "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Feb. 15); "The Governess" (Feb. 28-March 3); "Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser" (March 14-17); "Ghost World" (April 4-7); "Girl, Interrupted" (April 18-21); "Cry-Baby" (April 25-28); and "Rebel Without a Cause" (May 9-12).
Spring semester presentations by the International Film Society include "Adanggaman" (Ivory Coast 2000, Feb. 21-24); "The Day I Became a Woman" (Iran 2000, March 7-10); "The Road Home" (China 2000, April 11-14); and "Irma Vep" (France 1996, May 2-5).
Most films screen in the 250-seat theater in Davies Center on lower campus. Complete schedule information is available from the Activities and Programs Office, (715) 836-4833.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 18, 2002