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Science fiction film 'Moon' to screen Feb. 11-14 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 3, 2010

poster for MoonEAU CLAIRE — "Moon" (2009), the acclaimed debut feature of British director Duncan Jones, will screen Feb. 11-14 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy, helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Taped messages are all Sam can send and receive. Sam is thankful that his time on the moon is nearly over, so he can be reunited with his wife (Dominique McElligott) and their three-year-old daughter. Finally, he will leave the isolation of the moon base that has been his home for so long, and he will have someone to talk to beyond Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey), the base's computer. But two weeks shy of his departure, Sam starts seeing things, hearing things and feeling strange.

"'Moon' is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science fiction," wrote film critic Roger Ebert.

"It's a slippery, intelligent psychological chamber piece set in space," wrote the London Times. "Though it uses impressive sci-fi trappings to tell its story — the fabulous models and moonscapes are recognisably retro yet surprisingly real — this is a film about what it means, and takes, to be human, which is where Rockwell excels in a poignant performance."

"Moon" is nominated for a British Academy Film Award for outstanding British film, and director Jones received a British Academy of Film and Television Arts nomination for outstanding debut. The 97-minute film is rated R.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

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

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JS/JP

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