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UW-Eau Claire Fall Film Series Starts With Fantasy Movie

RELEASED: Aug. 25, 2008

The NeverEnding Story posterEAU CLAIRE — "The NeverEnding Story" (1984) will open the campus film series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with free screenings Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The University Activities Commission will present the imaginative fantasy Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Barret Oliver stars as a lonely schoolboy who immerses himself in a book called The NeverEnding Story, an adventure about a magical kingdom in danger of being destroyed by Nothingness. As he breathlessly turns the pages, he comes to realize that he is the hero the characters are searching for.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen ("Das Boot"), the 94-minute film is rated PG. 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 will be on (if available) 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:

  • "Eagle vs. Shark" (New Zealand 2007), Sept. 4-7. Taika Waititi's offbeat romantic comedy stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Loren Horsley as two New Zealand misfits who connect at a "dress as your favorite animal" party. Described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a Kiwi nerd love story [and] a deadpan take on family, friendship, obsession and self-delusion," the film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • "Reign Over Me" (U.S. 2007), Sept. 11-14. Adam Sandler stars as a man who has slipped away from reality since the death of his wife and children on 9/11. He runs into his former college roommate (Don Cheadle), a successful Manhattan dentist who is overwhelmed by the responsibilities of his career and his family. The chance meeting renews their long-forgotten friendship, which becomes a lifeline for them both.
  • "The 11th Hour" (U.S. 2007), Sept. 18-21. Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this documentary examines the state of the global environment in the wake of recent natural disasters. Included are interviews with more than 50 leading scientists and leaders who discuss their solutions for restoring the planet's beleaguered ecosystems.
  • "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" (U.S.-France 2005), Sept. 25-28. Veteran cowboy Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), living in a small Texas town on the Mexico border, becomes friends with Melquiades Estrada soon after he hires him as a ranch hand. When Estrada is gunned down in mysterious circumstances, Perkins forces a border policeman (Barry Pepper) to disinter the body and accompany him on a treacherous journey to take his friend's body home. Cannes Film Festival winner for Best Screenplay and Best Actor.
  • "Little Children" (U.S. 2006), Oct. 2-5. The mundane, protected lives of two unfulfilled suburbanite parents (Kate Winslet, Brad Wilson) intersect on the playgrounds, town pools and streets of their small community. Jennifer Connelly and Jackie Earle Haley co-star in the multiple-Oscar nominee, based on the critically acclaimed 2004 novel by Tom Perrotta.
  • "Casshern" (Japan 2004), Oct. 9-12. Toward the end of the 21st century, life on war-ravaged Earth is threatened by environmental disaster and incurable disease. A geneticist discovers a neo-cell that can rejuvenate the human body, but it is used by an evil corporation to create a race of mutants determined to annihilate humanity. A powerful superhero, Casshern, emerges in the battle against the new menace. The live-action feature is based on a 1973 Japanese anime.
  • "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (Germany-France-Spain-U.S. 2006), Oct. 16-19. A period thriller set in the salons and slums of 18th-century Paris. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with no smell of his own, is endowed with a superior olfactory sense that he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. But when first aroused by a young woman's scent, his desire to forever capture her essence mutates into deadly compulsion.
  • "Trainspotting" (U.K. 1996), Oct. 23-26. Based on the cult novel by Scottish author Irvine Welsh, this infectiously fast-paced, intriguing and weirdly uplifting drama follows five junkies who drift in and out of an uncharmed circle of losers, liars and thieves in Edinburgh.
  • "1984" (U.K. 1984), Oct. 30-Nov. 2. John Hurt and Richard Burton star in this fine adaptation of George Orwell's portrait of a totalitarian society where absolute conformity in action, word and thought is strictly enforced. "This story is, of course, well known," wrote Roger Ebert. "What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell's bleak and angry vision."
  • "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (Romania 2007), Nov. 6-9. Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Găbiţa (Laura Vasiliu) are college roommates in a small Romanian town during the last years of communism. Otilia rents a room in a cheap hotel. In the afternoon, they are going to meet a certain Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov). Găbiţa is pregnant, and abortion is illegal. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, the film is the first in a series called Tales from the Golden Age — a subjective history of communism told through stories focused on personal options in a time of misfortune.
  • "Gamers" (U.S. 2006), Nov. 13-16. For the last 23 years, a group of friends have lived life to the fullest in the fantasy world. Obsessed with a role-playing game called Demons, Nymphs and Dragons, these four slackers are the subject of this comedy that chronicles their journey to make it through their horrendous lives while attempting to break the world record for role playing over 74,558 hours.
  • "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (U.S. 1988), Nov. 20-23. Lyrical, erotic and allegorical drama set in Czechoslovakia on the eve of the 1968 Soviet invasion. A surgeon and compulsive womanizer (Daniel Day-Lewis) divides his time between the free-spirited painter (Lena Olin) who is one of his lovers, and the politically conscious photographer (Juliette Binoche) he marries.
  • "The Singing Revolution" (Estonia-U.S. 2006), Dec. 4-7. Song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of brutal Soviet occupation. Between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands gathered in public to sing forbidden patriotic songs and to rally for independence. This feature documentary tells the moving story of how the Estonian people peacefully regained their freedom — and helped topple an empire along the way.
  • "Once" (Ireland 2006), Dec. 11-14. A modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin, about a street musician (Glen Hansard) and a young Czech immigrant (Markta Irglov) who, during an eventful week, meet, write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story. Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance and the Oscar for Best Original Song.

The films all screen 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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