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'Let the Right One In' to Screen March 5-8 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2009

poster for Let The Right One InEAU CLAIRE — "Let the Right One In," the universally acclaimed film by Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, will screen March 5-8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present "one of the real finds of 2008" (Chicago Tribune) at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. all four days in Davies Theatre.

Adapted by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his own best-selling novel, "Let the Right One In" weaves friendship, rejection and loyalty into a darkly disturbing yet unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence. Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a fragile, anxious boy living in suburban Stockholm, circa 1982. Tormented by his classmates and virtually ignored at home, he finds a long wished-for friend and champion in a new neighbor "more or less" his age, the dark-eyed Eli (Lina Leandersson). Pale and serious, Eli is never seen in daylight and walks through the snow without shoes, never seeming to feel the cold.

"By the time Oskar figures out Eli's true nature, it's too late to turn off his feelings," wrote Newsweek. "Grave, melancholy, romantic, with bursts of off-beat comedy, 'Let the Right One In' unfolds with quiet, masterly assurance ... a vampire movie reinvented in startling and tender ways."

"It's a beautiful horror film, but more importantly, a beautiful film," wrote the Austin Chronicle. "Summing it up as a tween vampire romance does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gemlike bloodstone of a film."

Although Hollywood is working a remake, "it's hard to see how a different production team could improve upon these results," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. Subtitled in English, the 114-minute film is rated R.

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

Visit the University Activities Commission Web site or the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center, Room133, for more information about the campus film series.

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