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‘Show Me Love’ To Open
UW-Eau Claire’s International Film Series
MAILED: Aug. 28, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The 2002-03 series of international films at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will open Sept. 12-15 with “Show Me Love,” a film about the comical and heartbreaking aspects of growing up and the courage it takes to be different. An enormous hit in its native Sweden, the 1998 film will be presented Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
“The movie is gentle, funny, and true,” wrote critic Roger Ebert. “In its quiet, intelligent, understated way, this film loves teenagers; most teen movies just use them.”
Elin (Alexandra Dahlstrom) and her teenage friends are growing up in Amal, a small backwater town in Sweden. Nothing ever happens there, until Elin makes an unexpected move — she goes to the wrong party — and her life takes a different turn.
Critic Kenneth Turan called the movie “a completely charming reality-based romantic fantasy, both sweet-natured and sympathetic.... Best of all, even though its central romance is between two girls, ‘Show Me Love’ couldn’t be further from a specialty film geared only toward a niche audience. In its understanding and empathy, this film makes room for all of us, creating a world we will cherish no matter who we are or whom we love.”
The first feature from director Lukas Moodysson, the 89-minute color film is in Swedish, subtitled in English. The presentation is cosponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $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 UAC 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.
Fall semester presentations on the International Film Series include Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s magical “Amelie” (Sept. 26-29); Mira Nair’s culture-clashing comedy, “Monsoon Wedding” (Oct. 17-20); Zhang Yimou’s 1987 debut, “Red Sorghum” (Nov. 7-10); Alfonso Cuaron’s sexy, dark picaresque, “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (Nov. 14-17); and “Cool and Crazy,” a Norwegian documentary about a male chorus that thrives in a tiny fishing village near the North Pole (Dec. 5-8).
In addition to cosponsoring “Show Me Love” and “Amelie,” the UAC will present these films during the fall semester: “The Princess Bride” (Aug. 30-Sept. 1); “American History X” (Sept. 5-8); “Mulholland Drive” (Sept. 19-22); “The Producers” (Oct. 10-13); “Rope” (Oct. 24-27); “It Came from Outer Space” screening in 3-D (Oct. 31-Nov. 3); “Election” (Nov. 21-24); and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Dec. 12-15).
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.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 28, 2002