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Award-winning Film about Black Market
Abortion in Romania to Screen at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 23, 2008

poster for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 DaysEAU CLAIRE — The film "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (Romania 2007), awarded the Palme d' Or at the Cannes Film Festival, will screen Nov. 6-9 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Cristian Mungui's harrowing drama about black-market abortion in 1987 Romania will be presented at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) share a room in a student dormitory. They are university students in a small town in Romania during the last years of communism. Otilia rents a room in a cheap hotel. In the afternoon, they plan to meet a certain Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov). Gabita is pregnant, abortion is illegal and neither of the women has gone through anything like this before.

"No lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away from one of the very best movies of 2007," wrote Entertainment Weekly. Variety called the film "pitch perfect and brilliantly acted ... a stunning achievement, helmed with a purity and honesty that captures not just the illegal abortion story at its core but the constant, unremarked negotiations necessary for survival in the final days of the Soviet bloc."

"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is the first film in a larger project called Tales from the Golden Age — subjective history of communism in Romania told through its urban legends. The project's aim is to talk about that period with no direct reference to communism but only through different stories that focus on personal options in a time of misfortune.

When he accepted Cannes' top prize for the film, the 39-year-old Mungui said he didn't have enough money to shoot the film just six months previously. He hoped the win would inspire other "small filmmakers from small countries. ... You don't necessarily need a big budget and big stars to tell a story that everyone will listen to."

Presented by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate, the 113-minute film is subtitled in English and not rated.

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.

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 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.

More information about the campus film series is available online and in the Activities and Programs office, Room 133, Davies Center.

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