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Chinese Film to Screen
At UW-Eau Claire Jan. 27-30
MAILED: Jan. 21, 2000|
"Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl," the controversial and critically acclaimed directing debut by actress Joan Chen, will open the spring semester film program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Blending a scathing indictment of political repression with a poignant tale of lost innocence, the 1999 Chinese film will screen Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 27-30. The International Film Society will present the 99-minute color film (in Mandarin, subtitled in English) via DVD projection at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
Like "The Blue Kite," "To Live" and "Farewell, My Concubine," "Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl" chronicles the human devastation of Mao's Cultural Revolution. But Joan Chen's approach is intimate rather than epic, distilling the tragedy of a lost generation into one girl's coming of age.
Xiu Xiu (pronounced "Show Show") is a vivacious 15-year-old who, like millions of city-bred Chinese young people in the 1970s, is "sent down" to a term of manual labor in the countryside. Uprooted to a nomadic existence on the high Tibetan grasslands, the homesick girl is teamed with Lao Jin, a crippled, taciturn herdsman who secretly loves her. When the youth relocation program collapses, Xiu Xiu is left stranded at her isolated outpost. The process of Xiu Xiu's political disillusionment is coupled with the painful spectacle of her physical degradation until the heartbroken Lao Jin is driven to redeem her innocence in a devastating climax on the snowy plains.
Filmed secretly in remote Tibetan locations, the R-rated "Xiu Xiu" was banned in China for its political and sexual content.
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.
Membership in the International Film Society entitles community members to purchase tickets to IFS presentations and films sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with complete program information. An individual IFS membership costs $4, and a family membership is $10.
UAC films this spring include "The Brandon Teena Story" (Feb. 3-6), "Brazil" (Feb. 10-13), "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Feb. 19), "Gods and Monsters" (Feb. 24-27), "High Art" (March 9-12), "Even Dwarfs Started Small" (March 30-April 2), "The Book of Life" (April 27-30) and "Two Friends" (May 11-14).
Spring semester presentations by the International Film Society include "No" (Feb. 17-20), "Run Lola Run" (March 2-4), "Genesis" (April 6-9), "Tango" (April 13-16), "After Life" (May 4-7) and David Mamet's "The Winslow Boy" (May 18-21).
The campus films newsletter is available from the Activities and Programs Office, (715) 836-4833.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 21, 2000