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Satirical film 'No Such Thing' to screen

RELEASED: March 25, 2010

poster for No Such ThingEAU CLAIRE — "No Such Thing" (Iceland/U.S. 2001) — writer-director Hal Hartley's satirical look at a society driven by instant gratification and voyeuristic sensationalism — will screen April 8-11 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Robert John Burke stars as a modern-day monster who is discovered on an island off the coast of Iceland. An insomniac and an alcoholic, the beast has an angry contempt for humanity and kills anyone who crosses his path. When a news crew sent to investigate disappears, a cynical New York TV executive (Helen Mirren) sends a guileless young reporter (Sarah Polley) to follow up on the story. She befriends the monster and brings him hope in ending his eternal life of misery.

The Los Angeles Times called the film "a tender yet lacerating and darkly funny fable. For all its underlying seriousness, 'No Such Thing' effectively plays moments of exquisite tenderness, outrageous humor and scabrous satire against one another."

The 102-minute film is rated R for language and brief violence.

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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