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'Southland Tales' to Screen Oct. 8-11

RELEASED: Sept. 25, 2009

poster for Southland TalesEAU CLAIRE — "Southland Tales" (2006), the second film from writer-director Richard Kelly ("Donnie Darko"), will screen Oct. 8-11 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

"An apocalyptic carnival of grotesques and lost souls set in an alternate universe 2008 — think Fellini by way of 'Strange Days' — 'Southland Tales' features a sprawling cast of characters who, almost to the last, are driven by their political obsessions," reported Keith Phipps in the Onion A.V. Club.

The ensemble piece is set in Los Angeles, Calif., in the aftermath of World War III and on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. An action star (Dwayne Johnson) with amnesia meets an adult-film star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) working on a reality TV project and a cop (Seann William Scott) who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. Others in the all-star cast include Mandy Moore, Nora Dunn, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Justin Timberlake, Miranda Richardson and Wallace Shawn.

"Neither disaster nor masterpiece, 'Southland Tales' again confirms that Mr. Kelly, who made a startling feature debut with 'Donnie Darko,' is one of the bright lights of his filmmaking generation," wrote The New York Times. "Love it or laugh at it, you will gaze on 'Southland Tales' with awe," wrote New York magazine.

Extensively recut after its premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, "Southland Tales" was released in the United States in late 2007. The 145-minute film is rated R.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. IFS memberships are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby.

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

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JS/DW

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