MAILED: Aug. 30, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Haunting visual poetry
blends with gritty realism in “Ratcatcher” (1999), the acclaimed portrait of
a working-class Glasgow family that will open the 2001-02 series of
international films at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sept. 13-16.
Set during a garbage strike in the 1970s and seen through
the eyes of a troubled 12-year-old boy, Scottish writer-director Lynne
Ramsay’s debut feature will screen Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
in Davies Theatre.
The New York Times called the film “a gorgeous blend of
beauty and squalor, packed with imagery that will play over and over in your
head for weeks.”
“Ramsay neither sentimentalizes nor garishes up the
lost children in this observant and poetic drama,” wrote Time magazine. “It
is hard to take, hard to shake.”
The 93-minute color film is in Glasgow dialect, subtitled
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 of the Student Senate throughout the
year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about campus
films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.
UAC films this fall include “The Crow” (Aug. 31-Sept.
2); “12 Monkeys” (Sept. 6-9); “UHF” (Oct. 11-14); “But I’m a
Cheerleader” (Oct. 18-21); “The Wizard of Oz” screening with music by Pink
Floyd in a presentation called “The Dark Side of Oz” (Oct. 25-28); “Dancer
in the Dark” (Nov. 1-4); “The Deer Hunter” (Nov. 8-11); the 1971 British
classic “Get Carter” (Nov. 29-Dec. 2); and “The Muppet Movie” (Dec.
Fall semester presentations by the International Film
Society include the Academy Award-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
(Sept. 20-23); “A Time for Drunken Horses,” a 2000 film from Iran (Sept.
27-30); Nagisa Oshima’s “Taboo” (Oct. 4-7); “Pollock,” Ed Harris’
biographical film about the abstract expressionist painter (Nov. 15-18); and the
gentle Australian comedy “The Dish” (Dec. 6-9).
All films screen in the 250-seat theater in Davies Center
on lower campus. Complete schedule information is available from the Activities
and Programs Office, (715) 836-4833.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 30, 2001