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Prize-winning But Controversial Film
To Screen at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 11-14

 MAILED:  Nov. 5, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — "Man Bites Dog," controversial winner of the International Critics Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, will be shown Nov. 11-14 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Screenings will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Directed by Remy Belvaux, "Man Bites Dog" stunned audiences worldwide with its unflinching imagery and biting satire of media violence.

"This Belgian, black-and-white movie is a faux-documentary — a 'Spinal Tap' of violence, if you will," wrote Desson Howe of the Washington Post. "It starts out as murderous black comedy. Then, by making the violence increasingly unbearable, it turns the moral barrel on the audience."

The film relates the experience of documentary filmmakers Andre and Remy, who have found an ideal subject in Ben. He is witty, sophisticated, intelligent, well liked — and a serial killer. As the filmmakers document Ben's routines, they become increasingly entwined in his vicious program, sacrificing their objectivity and their morality.

In French subtitled in English, the 92-minute film is not rated.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $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: November 4, 2004