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'Trainspotting' to Screen Oct. 23-26 at
UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 10, 2008

poster for "Trainspotting"EAU CLAIRE — "Trainspotting" (1996), the breakthrough film by director Danny Boyle ("A Life Less Ordinary," "Slumdog Millionaire"), will screen Oct. 23-26 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission will present the film at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Based on the cult novel by Scottish author Irvine Welsh, "Trainspotting" is an infectiously fast-paced, intriguing and weirdly uplifting drama that follows five junkies who drift in and out of an uncharmed circle of losers, liars and thieves in Edinburgh. Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Kevin McKidd star.

"Dark as its subject matter is, this film manages the incredible trick of remaining jubilant and fresh," wrote The New York Times. "And in the face of AIDS, crib death, drug overdose and staggeringly vile bathroom jokes (all of which figure in the story), that is no small feat."

"'Trainspotting' is extraordinary, entertaining cinema," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. "The media-hot sensation by the Scottish director-producer-screenwriter team of Danny Boyle, Andrew Macdonald and John Hodge is, like its previous film 'Shallow Grave,' deeply unnerving, but far more satisfying. ... And no matter how dark things get, the soundtrack — an Anglo mix of punk, New Wave, Brit-pop and techno-trance — remains uplifting. ... 'Trainspotting' ultimately triumphs because the ensemble acting is so uniformly fine. Despite Boyle's intensely dramatic, almost delirious direction, there is a veracity that allows you to accept the film transcending reality for the sake of audacious art. This ain't no Merchant-Ivory production, but the cast is just as commanding."

The 94-minute film is rated R for graphic heroin use and resulting depravity, strong language, sex, nudity and some violence.

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

Tickets for all campus events also are on sale at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The ticket outlet is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office in Davies Center.

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JS/JB

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