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Iranian Film to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 3-6

RELEASED: Jan. 31, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — "Crimson Gold" (Iran 2003), a universal tale of urban alienation and inequality set in contemporary Tehran, will be shown at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Feb. 3-6. The film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

"Crimson Gold" is an intimate and absorbing drama about the ways in which the hypocrisies and slights of daily life can push otherwise reasonable people over the edge. Based on true events and written by acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami, "Crimson Gold" tells the story of Hussein, a humble, troubled pizza delivery man who feels continually humiliated by the injustices he sees all around him. (Hussein Emadeddin, who plays Hussein in the film, is in real life a pizza delivery man who suffers from schizophrenia.)

When his friend Ali finds a receipt for a stranger's necklace purchase, Hussein is stunned by its exceptionally high cost. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such a luxury. Soon after, he and Ali are refused entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their scruffy appearances. Hussein's rage over this slight sets off a series of events, which ultimately leads to a shocking act of violence.

Director Jafar Panahi ("The White Balloon," "The Circle") uses Hussein's job as a delivery driver to reveal places rarely seen by Western audiences, from the dirty, downtown "souk" neighborhood to the wealthy, uptown enclaves of the city.

"Crimson Gold" received the Un Certain Regard Jury Award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times called the film "a most unusual breed of crime thriller. ... With an unexpectedly touching lead performance, the film vividly recalls Hollywood film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s."

In Farsi (subtitled in English), the 95-minute film is not rated.

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

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