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The Secret of Roan Inish

Friday, November 22, 2013  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, November 23, 2013  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 24, 2013  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

A beguiling fairy tale firmly grounded in Irish political history, local culture and custom, John Sayles' The Secret of Roan Inish is set in the hard postwar Ireland of 1946. Ten-year-old Fiona (Jeni Courtney) comes to live with her grandparents in a remote fishing village near the fabled, abandoned island of Roan Inish. Fiona immerses herself in local lore and legend, much of it involving mysterious lights, a lost boy, and a mythical race of Selkies — half human, half seal — whose blood is rumored to run through her family. The Village Voice called the film "a lyric romance for all ages … Marvelous and unforgettable."

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


United States + Ireland 1994
103 minutes
Rated PG for some moments that may be disquieting to small children
Directed by John Sayles


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