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'Pretty Village, Pretty Flame'|
To Screen at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: March 15, 1999|
"Pretty Village, Pretty Flame" (Yugoslavia 1996), an anti-war film based on an actual incident that took place during the first winter of the war in Bosnia in 1992 will screen March 25-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The International Film Society will present the 125-minute film via video projection at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre. Directed by Srdjan Dragojevic, the R-rated film is in Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.
"The long-running, bloody Bosnian conflict is the backdrop for this forceful anti-war drama, which opens and closes with newsreel footage of politicians dedicating monuments to friendship among Yugoslavia's various factions," wrote Boxoffice magazine. "In each case, the dignitary cutting the ribbon cuts himself instead. That gives an idea of the tone of this cleverly named film... With some scenes worthy of Vonnegut at his most hallucinatory, 'Pretty Village, Pretty Flame' barrels its way forward, almost forcing the audience to pay attention."
The story opens in a hospital ward where both Serbs and Muslims recover from injuries they have received in the same battle a vicious 10-day firefight in the ironically named Brotherhood and Unity Tunnel. While battle survivors try to keep their hatreds alive, the film flashes back to the pre-war friendship between a Serb named Milan (Dragan Bjelogric) and a Muslim named Halil (Nikola Pejakovic) who later became enemies.
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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 15, 1999