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'Central Station' To Screen
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Oct. 7, 1999|
"Central Station" winner of the Golden Globe and the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear awards for Best Foreign Language Film will screen Oct. 21-24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The 115-minute color film will screen via DVD projection at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.
Fernanda Montenegro stars as a cynical retired schoolteacher who writes letters for the illiterate, for hire, at Rio de Janeiro's central train station. Most reluctantly, she feels obliged to help a 9-year-old boy whose mother has been killed. The pair forms an unlikely bond as they travel to a remote area of Brazil to find the boy's father.
"The movie's success rests largely on the shoulders of Fernanda Montenegro, an actress who successfully defeats any temptation to allow sentimentality to wreck her relationship with the child," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "She understands that the film is not really about the boy's search for his father but about her own reawakening. This process is measured out so carefully that we don't even notice the point at which she crosses over into a gentler person."
One of Brazil's leading actresses, Montenegro was nominated for an Oscar and won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress. Her co-star, 10-year-old Vincius de Oliveira, was discovered by director Walter Salles in an airport shining shoes.
A co-production of Brazil and France, the R-rated film is in Portuguese, subtitled in English.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. The film is co-sponsored by the International Film Society and the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 7, 1999