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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Italian Film 'Life Is Beautiful'
To Screen at UW-Eau Claire
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MAILED: Nov. 23, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — "Life Is Beautiful," winner of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will be presented Dec. 9-12 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The 122-minute Italian film (subtitled in English) will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.
Italian comedian Roberto Benigni wrote, directed and stars in this story about a simple man of Jewish heritage who falls in love with and marries a sweet upper-class schoolteacher. Five years later, in 1945, he and their child are herded off to a concentration camp. Determined to protect his son, he convinces the boy that everything around them is a zany game. In order to win, one has to obey the uniformed men pretending to be nasty; one must never ask for food or rest no matter how badly it is wanted; and one must keep quiet in a hiding place when others are sent to a "shower" from which they never will return.
"'Life Is Beautiful' is not about Nazis and Fascists but about the human spirit," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "It is about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams. About hope for the future. About the necessary human conviction, or delusion, that things will be better for our children than they are right now."
Presented by the International Film Society and the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate, the PG-13-rated film will screen via DVD projection.
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.
Free parking is available after 6 p.m. in the Hibbard Parking Lot and behind Phillips Science Hall. After 7 p.m., free parking also is available behind Davies Center.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Nov. 23, 1999