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'Character' to Screen|
at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Jan. 29, 1999|
"Character," a 1997 film from Holland that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will screen on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire International Film Series Feb. 4-7.
Mike Van Diem's stunningly designed parable of destiny and parentage will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.
"Character" is a powerful, provocative mixture of Horatio Alger and Franz Kafka, combining an inspiring saga of self-betterment with a paranoid parable of the Law of the Father. Set in the port city of Rotterdam in the 1920s, the story begins with the murder of Dreverhaven, a notoriously ruthless slumlord. The murderer is apparently Jakob Katadreuffe, a promising young lawyer. As Jakob is grilled by the police, flashbacks uncover the strange and complex relationship between him and the victim. Jakob is Dreverhaven's illegitimate son, the result of a brief liaison with an iron-willed housekeeper who raises the boy on her own. The product of two strong natures, Jakob strives to overcome his lowly origins, educating himself and insinuating himself into a prestigious law firm while his unacknowledged father pops up like a recurring Oedipal nightmare to thwart the young man's ambition at every turn.
"It is a full-blooded Dickensian delight such as we seldom get in movies anymore," wrote New York Observer film critic Andrew Sarris.
The 125-minute color film is in Dutch, subtitled in English, and will be presented by video projection.
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 throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about IFS films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.
Spring semester presentations by the International Film Society include the following: