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'Princess Mononoke' to Screen April 14-17

at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 5, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — "Princess Mononoke" (1997), the Japanese anime that critic Roger Ebert called "a great achievement and a wonderful experience, and one of the best films of the year," will screen April 14-17 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson and Jada Pinkett are among the celebrities who voiced the English-language release of the box office phenomenon, which will be shown at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Schofield Auditorium.

"Hayao Miyazaki is a great animator, and his 'Princess Mononoke' is a great film," Ebert wrote in his four-star review. "It tells an epic story set in medieval Japan, at the dawn of the Iron Age, when some men still lived in harmony with nature and others were trying to tame and defeat it. It is not a simplistic tale of good and evil, but the story of how humans, forest animals and nature gods all fight for their share of the new emerging order. It is one of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen."

The 134-minute eco-allegory is rated PG-13 for images of violence.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby. The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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JS/JB

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