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Offbeat Scandinavian Comedy to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: NOv. 21, 2005

Kitchen Stories posterEAU CLAIRE — "Kitchen Stories" (Norway-Sweden 2003), an offbeat comedy set in 1950s Norway during the heyday of social engineering, will be presented at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Dec. 1-4.

"Wonderfully oddball, a prime piece of comic anthropology" (New York Magazine), the film will screen Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

"'Kitchen Stories,' is a deadpan, thoroughly delightful Norwegian comedy that cooks up tasty laughs from real-life experiments in kitchen efficiency that took place in Scandinavia in the early 1950s," reported the New York Post, which called the film "a well-acted, expertly directed comedy with characters and situations of truly universal appeal."

Sweden's Home Research Institute is engaged in an unceasing quest to make kitchen design more efficient. One of a team of researchers sent to a Norwegian village, Folke Nilsson (Tomas Norstrom) is charged with observing the kitchen habits of a grizzled, grumpy farmer named Isak Bjornsson (Joachim Clameyer). Perched on an elevated chair with stopwatch and notepad in hand, Folke is under strict orders to avoid any conversation or interaction with his subject, but such objectivity proves absurdly unworkable. The study develops into an unlikely friendship, as a bond of affection and growing dependence develops between the two lonely men.

Los Angeles Times reviewer Kenneth Turan called it "a completely charming film... There's nothing casual about the way this film has been put together, yet that painstaking care leads to laughter that is completely unrestrained."

Directed by Bent Hamer, the 92-minute film is rated PG and is subtitled in English.

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, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and at the door. The film is sponsored by the International Film Society..

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