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2006 Film 'Shortbus' to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 20-23

RELEASED: Sept. 12, 2007

poster for ShortbusEAU CLAIRE — Several emotionally challenged characters navigate the comic and tragic intersections between sex and love in "Shortbus" (2006), screening Sept. 20-23 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Set in and around a modern-day polysexual underground salon in a post-9/11 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.

"In 'Shortbus,' the impish writer-director John Cameron Mitchell does the unthinkable: He puts the joy back in movie sex," wrote Ty Burr in The Boston Globe. "The many characters who wander through this playful, heartfelt dramatic comedy are seeking contact, and they know the micro of physical release is related to the macro of shared human experience — if only they could connect the dots. They treat sex the way we do in our lives as opposed to in our browsers: with yearning, guilt, humor, delight, horniness, shallowness, profundity. They just do it where we can see it. Fine; if you have a problem with that, stay away."

"Shortbus" is not rated due to explicit sex, nudity and 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 Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the International Film Society.

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