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Campus Film Series to Feature Offbeat Love Story from New Zealand

RELEASED: Aug. 29, 2008

poster for Eagle vs. SharkEAU CLAIRE — "Eagle vs. Shark" (2007), a wickedly offbeat love story from New Zealand, will screen Sept. 4-7 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the deadpan comedy at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

"Eagle vs. Shark" is the story of a funny, fractured romance between two misfits engaged in an all-consuming quest for revenge. Shot through with the strange hilarity of the human condition, the film was written and directed by Taika Waititi, a young Kiwi comic star who was nominated for an Oscar for his short film, "Two Cars, One Night."

Lily (Loren Horsley) is a lonely oddball and fast-food cashier who happens to be a hopeless romantic. Jarrod (Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords") is the man of Lily's dreams, another lonely oddball and computer store geek who has spent the last decade plotting ultimate vengeance on a bully from his high-school past. The two connect at a "dress as your favorite animal" party — Lily as an anemic shark and Jarrod as a fluffy-headed eagle — in a match made in outcast heaven.

"Like 'Napoleon Dynamite,' it's a little wisp of a movie, a lightweight feature loaded with montage and hung on one performance — in this case, that of Horsley as the wallflower finally starting to bloom," wrote the Austin Chronicle. "Horsley's rich, multidimensional performance gives the movie its emotional heft ... Underneath the quirk there's a real heart."

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, "Eagle vs. Shark" features the music of rising New Zealand pop artists The Phoenix Foundation. The 93-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby, by phone at 715-836-3727 and at the door. More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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JS/KH

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