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Screening of 'Hotel Rwanda' to Complement Forum Presentation at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 26, 2005

'Hotel Rwanda' posterEAU CLAIRE — "Hotel Rwanda" (2004) will screen on the International Film Series Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 3-6, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

There also will be a special screening Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, preceding The Forum presentation by the subject of the film, Paul Rusesabagina.

Don Cheadle received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who became one of the few heroes of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. When he saw that the world would not intervene in the massacre, Rusesabagina opened his hotel to over 1,200 refugees and used his wits and words to keep them alive.

"He is played by Don Cheadle as a man of quiet, steady competence in a time of chaos," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "This is not the kind of man the camera silhouettes against mountaintops, but the kind of man who knows how things work in the real world, who uses his skills of bribery, flattery, apology and deception to save these lives who have come into his care. ... Cheadle holds his performance resolutely at the human level. His character intuitively understands that only by continuing to act as a hotel manager can he achieve anything. His hotel is hardly functioning, the economy has broken down, the country is ruled by anarchy, but he puts on his suit and tie every morning and fakes business as usual — even on a day he is so frightened, he cannot tie his tie.

"Deep movie emotions for me usually come not when the characters are sad, but when they are good," Ebert concluded. "You will see what I mean."

Directed by Terry George, the 121-minute film is rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language.

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, and at the door.

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