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'Children of Men' to Screen
At UW-Eau Claire Nov. 8-11

RELEASED: Nov. 1, 2007

"Children of Men" graphicEAU CLAIRE — Alfonso Cuarón's "Children of Men" (2006) will screen Nov. 8-11 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A futuristic thriller set one generation from now, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Adapted from the P.D. James novel, "Children of Men" is set in 2027 in a fascist Britain that is one of the last refuges of civilization. It has been 18 years since the last baby was born, and humanity is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. A disillusioned London bureaucrat (Clive Owens) is asked by his old flame (Julianne Moore) to escort a young, miraculously pregnant woman (Clare-Hope Ashitey) to a possible haven outside the country.

"The best science fiction talks about the future to talk about the now, and 'Children of Men' very much belongs in that class," wrote Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, who named the film a Critics Choice. "Made with palpable energy, intensity and excitement, it compellingly creates a world gone mad that is uncomfortably close to the one we live in. ... This is a world of rubble, fear and hopelessness whose connections to our own are never forced; Cuarón is such a fluid director with such a powerful imagination, they don't have to be. This could well be our future, and we know it."

"Cuarón has created a dire warning of the world that could be, but he's also made a film about faith, love, sacrifice, and all the other hard-won virtues that keep the world alive," wrote The Onion A.V. Club. "It's a heartbreaking, bullet-strewn valentine to what keeps us human."

The 109-minute drama is rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity.

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 Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate. More information about the Campus Film Series is available online.

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