FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            Date: March 18, 2002

Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS presents Euro Film Festival 2002

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will present Euro Film Festival 2002 -- five European films from the last three decades that reflect both social and cinematic trends in European film making. All films will be shown in Brookens Auditorium on the UIS campus and are free and open to the public.

Rosina Neginsky, UIS assistant professor of Individual Option and Liberal Studies, explained, “Each of these films deals with serious social and cultural issues, each explores the lives of individuals for whom these issues are the focus of their immediate attention, and each is a good example of story‑telling. The films transcend the languages and cultures in which they were made and offer an appreciation of human experience that connects us as a world.”

The series begins with Musime si pomahat (Divided We Fall), which will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. This film follows a tradition in Czech cinema that views even the most serious of failings as threads in the tapestry of human existence. Caught in the massive political turbulence of World War II, the characters allow their human passions and judgment to hold sway over their politics. [2000. Directed by Jan Hrebejk. Screenplay by Petr Jarchovsky. Cast includes Bolek Polivka, Csongor Kassai, Jaroslav Dusek, and Anna Siskova. Czech with English subtitles.]

Accident, to be shown at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, “strips away the veneer of British academia, showing the underlying seediness of professional envy and sexual mores.” [1967. Directed by Joseph Losey. Screenplay by Harold Pinter. Cast includes Dirk Bogarde, Michael York, Stanley Baker, Vivien Merchant, and Delphine Seyrig.]

Le Beau Mariage, the third film in the series, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. This film reverses the “good marriage” theme in French drama, which typically pits a family’s wishes for their child’s marriage to money and reputation against the child’s own willful interest in marrying for love. The story focuses on Sabine and her divorced mother, who discreetly questions her daughter’s decision to marry a successful Paris attorney who can give her the wealth and social standing she believes she deserves. [1982. Directed by Eric Rohmer. Screenplay by Beatrice Romand and Andre Dussollier. French with English subtitles.]

Schlafes Bruder (Brother of Sleep), shown at 1 p.m. Friday, April 5, is set in a 19th century village in the Austrian Alps.  Through the story of a musically gifted child, it is a reflection on the challenges faced by unusual people who are little understood by the more common people around them, some of whom are brutish and some well‑meaning. [1995. Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Screenplay by Robert Schneider from his novel. Cast includes Andre Eisermann, Dana Vavrova, and Ben Becker. German (Austria) with English subtitles.]

Ridicule, to be shown at 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, concludes the series. At the court of Louis XVI, reputations were won and lost on the richness of one’s verbal repartee and the pointedness of its reference. Two characters appear at court whose intelligence is capable of keeping them afloat in the verbal skirmishes but who are attracted by more socially meaningful contests. [1996. Directed by Patrice Leconte. Screenplay by Remi Waterhouse and Michel Fessler. Cast includes Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, and Fanny Ardant. French with English subtitles.]

Euro Film Festival 2002 is sponsored by the Individual Option, Liberal Studies, International Studies, and English programs at UIS. For more information, contact Rosina Neginsky at 206-7431 or Lula Lester at 206-6962, or visit uisacad.uis.edu/~bwall1/FilmFest/Home.htm.