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'The Visitor,' Featuring Oscar-nominated Star,
to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 26-March 1

RELEASED: Feb. 12, 2009

poster for The VisitorEAU CLAIRE — "The Visitor," a 2007 drama written and directed by Tom McCarthy ("The Station Agent"), will screen Feb. 26-March 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Richard Jenkins, the film will be presented at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Jenkins stars as a humorless, widowed economics professor at a Connecticut college, who reluctantly agrees to present a paper he "co-authored" at a conference in New York. When he arrives at the Greenwich Village apartment he has kept but not used for years, he finds a Syrian man and his Senegalese girlfriend living there.

"The only surprise I'd give away, since it's such an integral part of the setup, is that for some reason they touch him and he lets them stay," wrote film critic Michael Sragow of the Baltimore Sun. "From then on, 'The Visitor' becomes a succession of stirring and heartbreaking epiphanies. It ends up encompassing America's treatment of illegal immigrants and turns into an unlikely yet utterly persuasive love story."

Presented by the International Film Society, the 104-minute film is rated PG-13.

Admission is $2 for IFS 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.

Visit the University Activities Commission Web site or the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, for more information about the campus film series.

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