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'Good Bye Lenin!' to Screen at UW-Eau Claire
May 5-8

RELEASED: April 22, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The offbeat German comedy "Good Bye Lenin!" will conclude this year's International Film Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire May 5-8.

Directed by Wolfgang Becker, the 2003 film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Alex (Daniel Bruhl) has a problem on his hands when his mother (Katrin Sass), a proud socialist living in East Germany, awakes from a coma after eight months. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her, and what could be more shocking that the news that during her coma the Berlin Wall fell and capitalism triumphed in her beloved East Germany. To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist-era museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed. The little white lie turns into a major scam as Alex's sister and selected neighbors are recruited to maintain the elaborate hoax.

"Considering what a monumental event it's been in the history of our planet, the fall of communism in Europe almost a decade and a half ago has inspired amazingly few memorable films on the subject," wrote the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "This is one of the reasons why 'Good Bye, Lenin!' is something special. In a disarmingly entertaining fashion, this multi-award-winning German bittersweet comedy seems to encapsulate all the emotion and drama of that profound geopolitical event. … 'Good Bye Lenin!' works extremely well as a gently humorous parable of the hard life in postwar East Germany and a bittersweet epitaph that looks back on the failed experiment of communism with a surprisingly poignant glow of nostalgia. In a small miracle of agility, director Wolfgang Becker walks the tightrope between pathos and farce with a completely straight face, and he captures the 20th century's most climactic moment in such an offbeat but satisfying way that his little film could well become a classic."

Subtitled in English, the 121-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby.

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