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Release: April 10, 2000
UI to host Midwest preview for new film by Linda Yellen
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Midwest preview screening of the upcoming film "The
Simian Line" will be held at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium
on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. A question-and-answer session with the film's
writer-director Linda Yellen and one of the film's producers, Judith Zarin
will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.
The filmmakers chose Hancher Auditorium for their Midwest screening following
successful screenings at the University of California at Los Angeles and New
York University because they wanted to see how the film would be received
in "one of the cultural artistic centers of the Midwest."
"The University of Iowa seemed particularly appropriate because one
of the characters in our story graduated from the University of Iowa,"
Yellen said. She would not reveal which actor plays the part of the UI graduate,
saying those who are curious will have to come and watch "The Simian
The film stars Harry Conick Jr., Cindy Crawford, Tyne Daly, William Hurt,
Monica Keena, Samantha Mathis, Lynn Redgrave, Jamey Sheridan, and Eric Stoltz.
"The Simian Line" was completed earlier this year and premiered
at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. After Iowa, the film will
be shown at The Nashville Independent Film Festival, where it will be a closing
night feature. The title is derived from a line in palmistry.
Variety says the film is "an absorbing portrait of four couples struggling
to define their relationships
its glimmers of greatness are a testament
to the talent involved." Hollywood Reporter calls it "
comedy about male-female relationships that even features a pair of ghosts
has assembled a stellar ensemble cast and taken an unusual approach."
And Movieline praises "
a marvelous cast in a perceptive movie about
the perils and rewards of romantic connections."