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'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' to Screen at UW-Eau Claire March 26-29

RELEASED: March 13, 2009

The Wind that Shakes the Barley posterEAU CLAIRE — "The Wind that Shakes the Barley," awarded the Golden Palm for best film at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, will screen March 26-29 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The International Film Society will present the drama at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Taking place in Ireland in the early 1920s, the film stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney as two brothers who find themselves on opposing sides after fighting together for their country's independence from Britain.

"Once the Irish get a measure of success, their troubles do the opposite of going away," wrote Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan. "This is especially true after the truce of 1922, when the rebels face an agonizing choice: Do they accept partial independence as a British dominion along with the loss of Northern Ireland, or do they continue to fight, likely hopelessly, for a complete independence that would lead to a more egalitarian society?"

One brother is willing to accept the compromise; the other joins with those who want a united, independent republic of Ireland and a socialist revolution. Civil war erupts and the two are pitted against one another as sworn enemies.

"The film immediately has you in its thrall and doesn't let go," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. "By refusing to romanticize the idealism of youth and instead illuminating how it leads to horrendous mistakes in judgment, the fine British director Ken Loach takes a guerrilla conflict from almost 90 years ago and makes it as disturbingly fresh as today's news."

The New Yorker called the film "a somberly beautiful dream of the violent Irish past. Refusing the standard flourishes of Irish wildness or lyricism, Loach has made a film for our moment, a time of bewildering internecine warfare."

In English and Gaelic with English subtitles, the 127-minute film is not rated.

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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