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German Film ‘Aimee & Jaguar'
To Screen at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Feb. 13, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — "Aimee & Jaguar" (Germany 1999), a fact-based drama set in World War II Berlin, will be presented Feb. 20-23 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The International Film Society presentation will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.
In 1943, while the Allies bomb Berlin and the Gestapo purges the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust (Juliane Kohler), married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), a young Jewish woman and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive.
A half-century later, Lilly Wust told her story to writer Erica Fischer, and the book, "Aimee and Jaguar" (1994), became a bestseller translated into 11 languages. Max
Farberbock's debut film, based on Fischer's book, is the true story of the extraordinary relationship.
"This is the kind of story that has to be true; as fiction, it would not be believable," wrote film critic Roger Ebert.
"Aimee & Jaguar" was nominated for a 1999 Golden Globe Award and was Germany's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Both actresses received Silver Bears at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival for their portrayals.
In German, subtitled in English, the 125-minute film is not rated.
Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students, at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 13, 2003