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Spanish Film 'Mondays in the Sun' to Screen
at UW Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 6, 2005

Mondays in the Sun posterEAU CLAIRE — "Mondays in the Sun," Spain's Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film of 2002, will screen Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 13-16, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present Fernando Leon de Aranoa's drama at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Set in a city on the northern coast of Spain, the film examines the lives of dock workers who are left unemployed when the local dockyard closes. The longtime friends spend their days with little else to do but drink and talk as they search for something in their lives to help them retain a sense of personal dignity.

"The film's title sums up the state of involuntary idleness that afflicts these men, whose days have long merged into a blur of cumbersome inactivity," Dennis Lim reported in the Village Voice.

"The main characters, their friendships strained by envy and resentments, deal with their circumstances in different ways," wrote The New York Times' A.O. Scott. "Having established his point vividly and early — that unemployment entails the loss of manhood — Mr. Aranoa is content to repeat it, sometimes humorously, sometimes bitterly. But this slow, episodic film is held together by the galvanic presence of Javier Bardem, who plays Santa, a skilled welder and the angriest and most reckless of the men... He moves with a heavy, taurine grace that recalls Anthony Quinn in his prime."

In Spanish with English subtitles, the 113-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society and UW-Eau Claire faculty andstaff 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 will be sold at the door.

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