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UW-Eau Claire Film Series Resumes
for Spring Semester

RELEASED: Jan. 26, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire film series resumes for the spring semester with "Adaptation" (2002), screening Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 27-30, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Being John Malkovich," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") wrote "Adaptation," the presumably true story of his attempt to adapt the non-fiction book "The Orchid Thief" into a screenplay.

Frequently a cynical screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) took on the assignment of adapting the book by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), which is based on the life of the eccentric John Laroche (Chris Cooper), an exotic plant collector who sells rare orchids to collectors.

Kaufman's struggle with the screenplay never seems to end, while his easygoing twin brother, Donald (Nicolas Cage), is writing scripts with ease. This task brings all four characters through imaginative struggles and adventures that viewers would never imagine.

Rolling Stone wrote that "screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. So all praise to Charlie Kaufman, working with director Spike Jonze to create the most original and outrageous film comedy since the two first teamed on 'Being John Malkovich' in 1999."

The 114-minute film is rated R for language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images.

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. The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

Other spring semester films include the following:

  • "Crimson Gold" (Iran 2003), the story of a humble, troubled pizza deliveryman who feels continually humiliated by the injustices he sees all around him; Feb. 3-6.
  • "Casablanca" (U.S. 1942), the classic about a callous nightclub owner (Humphrey Bogart) in a wartime way station, whose world is turned upside down when his lost love (Ingrid Bergman) returns; Feb. 10-13.
  • "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (U.K. 1975), the cult classic about a newly engaged couple (Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick) who pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry); Feb. 11.
  • "Goldfish Memory" (Ireland 2003), a light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of dating in contemporary Dublin; Feb. 17-20.
  • "Napoleon Dynamite" (U.S. 2004), the almost plotless story of a alienated teen who helps his new friend win the class presidency in their small town high school, while dealing with his bizarre family life; Feb. 24-27.
  • "The Terrorist" (India 1999), a drama about a young female terrorist whose resolve is put to the test when she goes on a suicide assassination mission; March 3-6.
  • "I (Heart) Huckabees" (U.S. 2004), about an unconventional husband-and-wife team of detectives (Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman) that helps others solve their existential issues — the kind of things that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means; March 10-13.
  • "Gone With the Wind" (U.S. 1939), the Oscar-winning epic story of a woman (Vivien Leigh) who can cope with everything in the American Civil War except losing the love of the man she wants to another; March 31-April 3.
  • "The Letter" (U.S. 2003), a documentary about the firestorm created in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy when 1,100 Somali refugees relocate to predominately white Lewiston, Maine; April 7-10.
  • "Princess Mononoke" (Japan 1997), an anime fable set on the edge of a wilderness, where an epic battle rages between the encroaching civilization of man and the gods of the forest; April 14-17.
  • "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (U.S. 1971), Roald Dahl's children's classic about a poor boy who wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all; April 21-24.
  • "Brotherhood of the Wolf" (France 2001), a high-gloss thriller that blends historical romance and martial arts as it follows the true legend of the Beast of the Gevaudan, a being that killed scores of women and children in a rural province of France in the 1700s; April 28-May 1.
  • "Good Bye Lenin!" (Germany 2003), an offbeat comedy about a German teenager who goes to great lengths to keep his mother from learning that the Berlin Wall is down, fearing the shock will kill her after she awakes from a coma; May 5-8
  • "Batman" (U.S. 1989), starring Michael Keaton as the dark knight of Gotham City, whose war on crime begins with the clownishly homicidal Joker (Jack Nicholson); May 12-15.

Presented by the International Film Society and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, the films most often screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre, a 250-seat theater in Davies Center on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. Complete schedule information is available from the Activities and Programs office, (715) 836-4833, or online at www.uwec.edu/DC/AP/ifs/.

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