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Political farce 'In the Loop' to screen

RELEASED: Sept. 9, 2010

poster for In the LoopEAU CLAIRE — "In the Loop" (United Kingdom 2009), a razor-sharp political farce nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, will screen Sept. 16-19 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Directed by Armando Iannucci, "In the Loop" is a smart comedy and Sundance Film Festival hit from the team behind the award-winning BBC TV comedy series "Alan Partridge" and "The Thick of It." The film pokes fun at the absurdity and ineptitude of the world's highest leaders. With everyone looking out for "No. 1" and the fate of the free world at stake (but apparently incidental), the ensemble cast of characters bumbles its way through Machiavellian political dealings, across continents and toward comic resolutions that are unforeseeable.

"Taking its inspiration from the lead-up to the Iraq war, 'In the Loop' shows how the prospect of military conflict plays out on the staff level," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. "The language is brilliant, and the laugh lines come so quickly that you'd probably have to watch the movie twice to get them all. Every actor in the cast is touched by the comic god."

Tom Hollander stars as a bumbling British government minister who makes a verbal snafu during a TV interview, inadvertently backing a U.S. war in the Middle East. The prime minister's venomous communications chief (Peter Capaldi) attempts damage control as tensions quickly escalate on both sides of the pond. Soon the Brits are in Washington, where a U.S. general (James Gandolfini) thinks war is a crazy idea, and a beleaguered American diplomat (Mimi Kennedy) scrambles to infiltrate the elusive and very hawkish War Committee.

"A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft" (The New York Times), "In the Loop" received Chlotrudis awards for Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Capaldi) and Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast.

The 106-minute film is not rated.

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/DW

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