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'In America' to Screen
At UW-Eau Claire Sept. 16-19


 MAILED:  Sept. 8, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — "In America," a bittersweet contemporary portrait of an Irish immigrant family's first year in New York City, will screen Sept. 16-19 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Directed by Jim Sheridan ("My Left Foot," "In the Name of the Father"), the 2002 film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Narrated by the oldest daughter, Christy (Sarah Bolger), "In America" begins with Sarah (Best Actress Oscar nominee Samantha Morton) and Johnny Sullivan (Paddy Considine) arriving at the United States-Canadian border in a swaybacked station wagon with their two daughters in the back seat. From Ireland, they've come to the United States illegally so Johnny can find work and they can start their lives over again. As they enter New York City, Christy and her younger sister, Ariel (Frances Bolger), marvel at the city skyline while Johnny and Sarah see New York as their chance to start fresh, far away from painful memories.

Both exhilarated and unnerved, they find an apartment in a graffiti-splattered tenement where the neighbors are a mostly harmless collection of addicts, hustlers and ordinary poor folk.

"'In America' is a wonderfully uplifting story of modern-day immigrants that also serves as a kind of cinematic ode to the diverse joys of life in New York City," wrote Claudia Puig in USA Today. "It is also about loss, grief and the power of familial bonds. Loosely based on writer-director Jim Sheridan's experiences upon moving from Ireland to New York in the 1980s, the film centers on a nuclear family of four who come to America to start a new life after a tragedy wrenched their lives in Ireland. ... 'In America' is touching, but not cloying, uplifting and hopeful but never sappy and also just plain funny."

The 107-minute film is rated PG-13 for some sexuality, drug references, brief violence and language.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby, (715) 836-3727. The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Updated: September 9, 2004