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Best Foreign Language Film 'Tsotsi'
to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 7-10

RELEASED: Sept. 1, 2006

Scene from movie "Tsotsi"EAU CLAIRE — "Tsotsi," winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will screen Sept. 7-10 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Directed by Gavin Hood, who based his screenplay on a novel by Athol Fugard, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

On the edges of Johannesburg, South Africa, the life of a 19-year-old known as Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) has no meaning beyond survival. Orphaned at an early age, he has learned to fend for himself. One night, driven to the edge of desperation, Tsotsi steals a woman's car. His life begins to take a sharp turn at the moment he discovers a baby boy in the back seat.

A compelling story of crime and redemption, "Tsotsi" is set in the bustling townships of Johannesburg and is infused with the high-energy kwaito music of South African artist Zola.

In Taal (Afrikaans) subtitled in English, the 94-minute film is rated R.

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 (www.uwec.edu/dc/ap/ifs).

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