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International Film Society to screen sci-fi thriller 'Renaissance' Sept. 9-12

RELEASED: Sept. 2, 2010

graphic image for RenaissanceEAU CLAIRE — "Renaissance" (2006), a highly stylized animated science-fiction thriller, will screen Sept. 9-12 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

In the year 2054, the city of Paris lives in the shadow of a multinational corporation called Avalon, which sells the irresistible promise of ageless beauty. The kidnapping of a gifted young scientist (Romola Garai) draws a tough-as-nails cop (Daniel Craig) into a twisted underworld of corporate espionage, genetic research and organized crime.

"Anyone weaned on the shadowy conspiracies of film noir will shrug at the plot of 'Renaissance,' but the lack of novelty is deliberate; it is the shadows themselves that have changed," wrote Anthony Lane in The New Yorker.

A visual tour-de-force that was six years in the making, "Renaissance" combines the performances of real-life actors with computer-generated animation through the use of motion capture technology. The 3D animation is rendered in high-contrast black-and-white to create a graphic novel come to life.

"The main concern of the director, Christian Volckman, is to forge a true black-and-white movie: black, white, and nothing else — no surreptitious grays, no fogs of indecision," wrote The New Yorker. "The characters, too, are carved out with alarming physical clarity, as though Volckman had thrown aside his pioneering software and picked up a printer's woodblock. 'Renaissance' is certainly one of the year's more luscious releases, offering not just the sleekest car chase but the most romantic of rainstorms."

A co-production of France, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, the 105-minute film is rated R.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold ID or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, 715-836-3727. 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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