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UW-Eau Claire Announces
Fall Film Series

RELEASED: Aug. 17, 2007

International Film Society logoEAU CLAIRE — Celebrating 50 years of film programming at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this season, the campus film series will open with free screenings of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie" (1990) Sept. 1-3.

The University Activities Commission will present the film Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie" is the first live-action, feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. After prolonged exposure to radiation, four teenage turtles — Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello — have mutated into ninjas and have begun living in the sewers of a large city. Guided by ninja master Splinter the Rat, and with the help of TV reporter April, the Turtles embark on a mission to run crime out of the city. When their mentor is "rat-napped," they battle a secret organization of ninja-trained thieves led by the warlord Shredder.

"This movie is nowhere near as bad as it might have been, and probably is the best possible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie," film critic Roger Ebert wrote of the Nintendo crime fighters' big-screen debut. "The most interesting part of the film for a non-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan is the production design — the sewers and the city streets above them. Roy Forge Smith is the designer, and seems inspired by a low-rent vision of 'Batman' or maybe 'Metropolis.'"

Directed by Steve Barron, the 93-minute film is rated PG-13. Admission is free at the door.

Sunday night's first showing will be the first of the campus film program's "Subtitle Sundays." All 6 p.m. Sunday film screenings throughout the year will be shown with closed captioning when available. Subtitles (if available) will be on in place of closed captioning when necessary.

Admission to the remaining fall semester films is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Membership in the International Film Society enables community members to purchase tickets to campus films throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about campus films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10. Memberships and tickets are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby.

Other fall semester films include the following:

  • "The Edukators" (Germany-Austria 2004), Sept. 6-9. "Your days of plenty are numbered," read the cryptic notes left by The Edukators, a mysterious group that breaks into villas — not to steal, but to maliciously disarrange the orderly lives of the wealthy. Daniel Brühl ("Good Bye Lenin!") and Stipe Erceg star as Jan and Peter, the best friends behind the subversive idea. Julia Jentsch ("Sophie Scholl: The Final Days") is Peter's girlfriend, whose overwhelming indebtedness to a rich businessman gives the activists a meaningful target.
  • "It's All Gone Pete Tong" (U.K.-Canada 2004), Sept. 13-16. Faux biopic about a musical mastermind of the dance-club scene, Frankie Wilde (Paul Kaye), a celebrated British DJ whose career is cut down by an unthinkable occurrence — the loss of his hearing. After "it's all gone Pete Tong" — cockney rhyming slang for "it's all gone wrong" — can Frankie function in a world without sound? Will he make it back to the DJ booth? Will he regain his opulent superstar life, or does he even want it back? The dark comedy was selected Best Feature Film at the Toronto Film Festival.
  • "Shortbus" (U.S. 2006), Sept 20-23. Several emotionally challenged characters navigate the comic and tragic intersections between sex and love in and around a modern-day polysexual underground salon called Shortbus. Set in a post-9/11, Bush-exhausted New York City, the film tells its story with sexual frankness, suggesting new ways to reconcile questions of the mind, pleasures of the flesh and imperatives of the heart. Not rated due to explicit sex, nudity and language.
  • "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (U.S. 2006), Sept. 27-30. A successful writer living in Los Angeles, Dito (Robert Downey Jr.) is summoned home to Astoria, Queens, New York, after a 15-year absence when his father (Chazz Palminteri) becomes seriously ill. Memories of his youth come flooding back as Dito revisits the old neighborhood, encountering the few childhood friends — the "saints" — who aren't in prison or dead. A powerful coming-of-age story, Dito Montiel's autobiographical debut feature deals with misplaced love, reconciling with family, and embracing the ghosts of the past.
  • "The Sting" (U.S. 1973), Oct. 4-7. Paul Newman, Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid") reunited for this engaging piece of Americana set in 1920s Chicago, about a group of experienced con men and a young pickpocket who runs afoul of a big-time racketeer (Robert Shaw). The cleverly plotted blockbuster won seven of its 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
  • "The Host" (South Korea 2006), Oct. 11-14. Creature-feature thrill ride and poignant human drama that was the talk of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Gang-du works at a small food stand on the banks of the Han River in Seoul. He notices a crowd gathering to take pictures and talk about something hanging from the bottom of the bridge. Bedlam ensues when a horrifying creature climbs onto the river bank and begins to attack. Gang-du and his daughter run for their lives, but the creature snatches the young girl and disappears into the river. Gang-du fears the worst until he receives a phone call from his daughter, who is frightened but very much alive.
  • "Rear Window" (U.S. 1954), Oct. 18-21. Sidelined by a broken leg, a photojournalist (James Stewart) is confined to his Greenwich Village apartment during a sweltering heat wave. Bored, he fills his restless days and nights by peering into the private lives of his various neighbors around the rear courtyard. When he comes to believe that the salesman (Raymond Burr) across the way has murdered his nagging wife, no one — not his high-society girlfriend (Grace Kelly), his visiting nurse (Thelma Ritter), or his police detective buddy (Wendell Corey) — can tell him otherwise.
  • "Night of the Living Dead" (U.S. 1968), Oct. 25-28. The dead are reanimated as flesh-eating ghouls who roam the Pennsylvania countryside devouring the inhabitants in George Romero's original horror classic. The screenings complement The Forum presentation by zombie expert Max Brooks Monday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
  • "Pan's Labyrinth" (Mexico-Spain-U.S. 2006), Nov. 1-4. Gothic fairy tale set in 1944, against the postwar repression of Franco's Spain. The story unfolds through the eyes of a dreamy little girl who is uprooted to a military outpost in rural Spain commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in the presence of unfathomable cruelty, she lives out her own dark fable in an old, neglected garden labyrinth filled with fantastical creatures, presided over by a teasing, inscrutable Faun (Doug Jones).
  • "Children of Men" (Japan-U.K.-U.S. 2006), Nov. 8-11. It is 2027, and it has been 18 years since the last baby was born. A disillusioned London bureaucrat (Clive Owens) is asked by his ex-wife (Julianne Moore) to escort a young, miraculously pregnant woman to a possible haven outside the country. "A bleak portrait of a dystopian future set against a backdrop of infertility, totalitarian politics and death, it plays like a nativity story for our age, a spirited humanistic message, as well as a welcome ray of hope for the future of cinema itself" (Washington Post).
  • "Chasing Amy" (U.S. 1997), Nov. 15-18. Romantic comedy about lifelong best friends (Ben Affleck, Jason Lee) enjoying success as creators of a cult-hit comic book, whose relationship is strained when they meet a beautiful comic book artist (Joey Lauren Adams). "Sensitive, funny and insightful ... One of the most carefully rendered portraits of gender relations in recent years" (Boxoffice).
  • "The Legend of 1900" (Italy 1998), Nov. 29-Dec. 2. A jazz trumpeter (Pruitt Taylor Vince) tells a shopkeeper the story of Nineteen Hundred (Tim Roth), who, as an infant, was abandoned on a transatlantic luxury ship. Raised by the crew, he grew up shuttling back and forth across the ocean, never setting foot on dry land, and became a natural piano prodigy. The first English-language film from the director of "Cinema Paradiso."
  • "The Lives of Others" (Germany 2006), Dec. 6-9. Political thriller and human drama that begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film traces the gradual disillusionment of Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), a devoted officer of the secret police whose job is to spy on a celebrated playwright and actress. Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.
  • "Joyeux Noël" (France-Germany-U.K.-Romania 2005), Dec. 13-16. On Christmas Eve 1914, the first Christmas of "the war to end all wars," Scottish, French and German troops declare a truce and leave their rifles at the bottom of their trenches in a spontaneous expression of humanity. Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl ("Good Bye Lenin!") and Benno Fürmann ("The Princess and the Warrior") head an international cast, all speaking their own languages, in a powerful film based on authentic incidents.

The films all screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre, a 250-seat theater in Davies Center on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. Complete schedule information is available from the Activities and Programs office, 715-836-4833, or online.

Campus films are selected and presented by the all-student University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, and the International Film Society, an administrative committee composed of students, faculty/staff and community members. Since 1957 the International Film Series has represented various countries, cinematic styles, directorial methods, genres, and points of view, in films that help bring about a better understanding of other cultures as well as a lifelong love of film. The committees are advised by the University Centers Activities and Programs office.

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